NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that a New Jersey man must testify if he wants to claim that he tried to warn authorities that a co-defendant wanted to kidnap, rape and kill women.
Prosecutors in Manhattan asked a judge to block defense claims about statements Michael Vanhise made to FBI agents. They said if the defense wants the jury to hear that information, it should come directly from the defendant. If he does testify, he would be cross-examined by prosecutors.
Jury selection starts Feb. 24 for Vanhise and a former librarian at Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School. He allegedly discussed violent topics online and said he just wanted to gather information so law enforcers could make arrests.
Vanhise, 23, has been held without bail since his January 2013 arrest.
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