Man on Trial for Murder: Bring Back ‘Garfield’!

By: E&P Staff

Perhaps he’s just got a thing for orange cats who like lasagna.

The Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah, has received an unusual request from a man on trial for murder: Bring back two comic strips.

Jeremy Valdes, who is facing the death penalty in a double homicide, recently sent an e-mail to the Standard-Examiner in which he commented on a June 25 hearing on a motion to suppress his apparent confession to the murders. In the e-mail he commented on a police officer cousin’s testimony against him, calling another officer drunk on the stand, and calls into question the credibility of his co-defendant Miranda Statler, the primary witness against him.

Valdes also took the Standard-Examiner to task for its coverage, and ended his note by  asking that two comic strips be reinstated: “While I have you here, my friends and I would like to request that you bring back the comics ‘Pearls Before Swine’ and ‘Garfield.’ Thank you.”

“We, and defense attorneys in general, absolutely do not like clients doing that,” Ryan Bushell, Valdes’ lawyer, told the paper. “It hinders what we’re trying to do with a case. We want to control what goes out to the press.”

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