Attorney outraged over footage of Dieteman in his underwear

By Nick R. Martin | July 15th, 2009 | 9:49 am | No Comments »

Live from the courtroom: The attorney for the confessed second gunman in the Serial Shooter killing spree was outraged this morning because, she said, the sheriff’s office paraded her client around the jail in his underwear in front of television cameras in recent days.

“I think it’s outrageous. I think it’s undignified,” attorney Maria Schaffer told a judge just minutes before the death penalty trial for Samuel Dieteman began this morning.

Maricopa County jail officials apparently pulled Dieteman from his cell with local media watching so it could be searched as part of the their recent crackdown on racial tensions among inmates.

Schaffer said she wants to show the video to Judge Roland Steinle, who is overseeing the trial, and has subpoenaed the station manager at a local TV news outlet to provide the footage.