FILE – This Oct. 14, 2016, file booking photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Patrick Stein, the alleged leader of a militia group accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex in western Kansas, where Somali refugees live. In a filing Monday, 20 March 2017, by court-appointed lawyers of Stein, have asked a court to let it withdraw from the case. The submission of the rifts exposed between Stein and his lawyers about how to defend the case. (Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
WICHITA, Kan. – The court-appointed lawyers for a man accused of plotting to bomb Kansas apartment complex filled with Somali immigrants asked a court to let it withdraw from the case, says in a filing Monday that they have lost their client’s confidence in, and can’t meet his expectations.
The request of the lawyers of Patrick Stein comes in the wake of the last week, the charges in a revised indictment. Stein said the magistrate judge, at the time, he was not prepared to be represented by attorneys Edward Robinson, and Kristen Wheeler. Stein said during the hearing that it was “not effective assistance of a lawyer,” and that he wanted to hire his own lawyer.
U. S. District Judge Eric Melgren has now planned a hearing Tuesday on the lawyer.
The plaintiffs claim Stein and co-accused Gavin Wright and Curtis All conspired to detonate truck bombs on a 100-unit apartment complex where Somali immigrants live in the Garden City in western Kansas. The attack was scheduled to occur the day after the elections in November.
The three Kansas men had previously pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and a revised indictment last week added new charges against them alleging they plotted for the months of last year, “injure, oppress, threaten and intimate” Somalis who lived at the complex. Wright is also charged with lying to the FBI, while Allen and Stein face gun charges.
Stein’s arrest last week on the revised costs was terminated after he requested time to pursue hiring his own lawyer.
The written submission of the court-appointed lawyers rifts exposed between Stein and the attorneys about how to defend the case. Stein wants to challenge the validity of a search warrant for his house, and insists on bringing the case to trial as quickly as possible.
The lawyers wrote that Stein has made it clear that he has no further use for them. She wrote that he accused them of “actively working to harm its interests” and that he “insist on a trial date which can only be regarded as a self-destructive.”
The lawyers, citing the large amount of evidence which they received, they say at their other work on hold for the most part focus on Stein’s defense. But, according to their rankings, Stein thinks that the lawyers arguing important for the government because they are appointed and paid by the court.
“Wheeler Robinson and have done everything in their power to advise the Lord of Stein and the defence of his interests, but they have lost his trust and will not be able to meet his expectations,” his attorneys wrote.