Man accused of attempting to assassinate Obama claims statements ‘coerced’

By Samantha Kimmey
Thursday, January 17, 2013 14:03 EDT
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The attorneys for an Idaho man who allegedly shot at the White House in late 2011 claim that his statements to the police were “coerced,” reported Boise Weekly.

They also said that the suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, was handcuffed to a chair for hours after being arrested and that he may not have ever agreed to waive his rights and speak to police without an attorney present.

He has been accused of firing on the White House with a semi-automatic gun last November, although President Obama was not there at the time.

An acquaintance of Ortega-Hernandez’s allegedly told the FBI that Obama “need to be taken care of” and was the “anti-Christ,” reported the Washington Post.

He pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutors say he has a “history of aberrant behavior,” as well as a criminal record that includes resisting arrest, domestic violence, and assaulting a police officer.

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