Judge rules: Wright, Strong to be tried separately

6:53 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge has ruled Wednesday on accused prostitute Alexis Wright and her alleged partner, Mark Strong, to be tried separately.

The lawyers in the case were in court Wednesday morning on the motion by Strong's lawyer to throw out the search warrants used to gather evidence against his client. Attorney Daniel Lilley claims Kennebunk Police did not do a proper investigation and based those warrants on what he called "rumor and innuendo" and not confirmed witnesses.

"This is a search and seizure, fourth amendment issue," said Lilley. "A Constitutional issue. We all have a constitutional right to be free from police searching our homes unless they have a legal basis. Its not a technicality it's a bill of rights issue. And what we're asking for is to put it under a microscope as attorneys and ask if this intrusion, this taking everything from my client's home and office was justified under the law."

Assistant District Attorney Justina McGettigan told the judge there are written statements from witnesses and other evidence support the search warrants used to search Alexis Wright's home and business. The judge said she will review the evidence and arguments and make a decision soon.

To read the court souments: http://www.courts.state.me.us/news_reference/high_profile/strong/motion-to-dismiss-discovery-violation-121212.pdf



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