Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has filed a motion asking for sanctions against an attorney for Anthony Garcia, who is accused of killing four people.
Kleine accuses Alison Motta of violating Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct, citing comments in a recent interviews with the media, including KMTV, where Motta said DNA evidence exonerated her client.
“The statements made by Alison Motta are factually false and are far beyond the bounds of what is permissible for an attorney of record to publicly state,” the motion said. “Ms. Motta knew or reasonably should have known that these statements will be disseminated by means of public communication and will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing the trial in this matter.”
On Monday, Motta spoke to KMTV:
“This evidence conclusively exonerates Anthony Garcia and shows that it cannot be a coincidence the two manners of killing being signature like and the crossover between the two scenes…”
Kleine is asking the court to revoke Alison Motta, Robert Motta Sr., and Robert Motta Jr.’s ability to practice law in Nebraska, or pro hac vice status.
“Motta’s public statements regarding the alleged DNA test results and that said results ‘conclusively exonerate’ the defendant are far beyond the permissible comments regarding an alleged defense that the defendant may be seeking to employ,” Kleine wrote.
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