Court: Demjanjuk attorney motions slowing trial

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Posted: Mar 01, 2011 10:51 AM
Court: Demjanjuk attorney motions slowing trial

A German court says John Demjanjuk's defense attorney may only file new motions in written form after a flood of requests slowed his trial to a crawl.

Ninety-year-old retired Ohio autoworker Demjanjuk is accused of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he was a guard at the Nazi Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland. He rejects the charges, saying he never served the Nazis in any camp.

Presiding Judge Ralph Alt on Tuesday noted that defense attorney Ulrich Busch read aloud 130 motions in the previous two court sessions. He says many repeated points were already decided and lacked "structured summaries."

He says Busch can continue to file motions, but the court will only accept them in writing.

The court had been hoping to begin closing arguments by last week.