The attorney for Christoper Monfort is trying to force a Seattle Times reporter to hand over notes taken during several jailhouse interviews with the alleged cop killer.
In a motion filed in King County Superior Court on July 8th, Monfort’s attorney Julie Lawry implies prosecutors and reporters at the Seattle Times are in cahoots in an effort to execute her client.
“Regrettably in this case, the Seattle Times continues to assist the State in not only prosecuting Mr. Monfort, but to put him in peril of the death penalty,” Lawry wrote in court documents. “[Seattle Times reporter] Jonathan Martin, without notice to counsel, interviewed Mr. Monfort at the King County Jail on three occasions.”
According to Lawry’s filing, at some point following Monfort’s arrest, Martin sent Monfort a letter requesting an interview. Monfort had refused to speak with Martin “until recently,” court records say, when Martin apparently met with Monfort at least three times to discuss his case for an article. The Times is also rumored to be working on a book about the Monfort case.
When Monfort’s attorney, Lawry, found out about the interviews, she claims Martin refused to provide her with details about his conversation with Monfort, but believes Martin may have been trying to “induce” her client into talking about his alleged crimes. “[Martin] was vague about whether he had already discussed this subject with Mr. Monfort,” she wrote, adding that the release of an article—or book—could lead her to ask for a change of venue for the case.
Lawry claims Martin’s interviews took place when “the Jail had reduced or eliminated much of Mr. Monfort’s pain medication—Monfort was shot in head by Seattle police are after he allegedly pulled a gun on detectives outside of his Tukwila apartment—and while his defense team was “utilizing mental health experts to investigate Mr. Monfort’s obvious mental health issues.“
Lawry, who was remarkably unpleasant when contacted for this story, declined to discuss why her client had given interviews without her knowledge.
It seems a bit like Monfort’s attorney may be trying to force the issue of the death penalty off the table, or at least get a change of venue. We’ll keep following this case and let you know what happens.