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Continued: Mpls. man whose son shot and killed other son is found guilty

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 31, 2013 - 11:20 PM

Meshbesher slammed Freeman as making his client’s entire case about politics.

“Mr. Freeman did not try this case; Mr. Freeman was not in that courtroom. Mr. Freeman holds press conferences because he is an elected official,” Meshbesher said. “This is not politics. This is somebody’s life.”

Asked whether the case was political, Freeman responded with an incredulous “No.”

“Why does this guy need to leave seven guns in a house with five kids?” he said. “A kindergartner, a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 1-year old with no toys, except Daddy’s loaded guns. Go figure.”

 

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