Ethan Crumbley wanted Joe Biden impeached, records show
The parents of the Oxford school shooting suspect fear politics could hurt their chances of getting a fair trial, especially given what their son reportedly wrote in his diary about President Joe Biden.
“I hope my shooting results in Biden’s impeachment,” 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley reportedly wrote in a diary entry that was leaked in a new court filing Wednesday night.
The disclosure was made by lawyers for the boy’s parents, who are fighting to prevent their son’s diary, text messages to a friend and internet searches of school shootings from being admitted as evidence when their case is judged in the fall.
James and Jennifer Crumbley also don’t want the jury to hear about their alleged affairs, their smoking or weed drinking habits, their equestrian hobby or their messy house – all of this has come up by prosecutors. None of this is relevant to their case, say their attorneys, who filed five scathing motions with the court on Thursday in which they lambasted Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald for her handling of the case, accused her of trying to smear their clients and smear the jury. pool by disclosing inflammatory information and sought to derail the prosecution‘s case.
In addition to trying to prevent information from being admitted into evidence, lawyers for the Crumbleys also asked a judge on Wednesday to dismiss the manslaughter charges, arguing that a lower court judge abused his discretion in sending the case to trial. They also asked the judge to order McDonald to stop making public comments and holding press conferences about the Crumbleys, alleging that she taints the jury by disseminating information intended to make the parents look bad.
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Perhaps most damaging to the Crumbleys is their son’s diary, which their attorneys say could result in a mistrial given the political ramblings therein.
The Crumbleys face manslaughter charges for their alleged roles in the November massacre: prosecutors say they ignored mentally ill son, failed to ask him for help help and instead bought him a gun, which police say was used in the mass shooting.
According to courtroom testimony, Ethan detailed how he would carry out the shooting in his diary, which also contains anti-Biden statements that the Crumbleys’ attorneys fear could hurt their clients. They note that Ethan referred to the president in his diary as “sleepy f——Joe Biden”, and predicted that his actions would be so significant that “Sleepy f—Joe Biden will have to make an apology (y ) to people.”
Lawyers for the Crumbleys argue that the phrase “Sleepy Joe” is “directly associated with President Trump” and that attitudes towards the two presidents have become so polarized in recent years that the jury could be blinded by politics.
“Mr. and Mrs. Crumbley should not be found guilty or not guilty based on the attitude of the jurors toward Presidents Biden and Trump,” defense attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman claim in court records, noting: “Political convictions have no legitimate role in this trial.”
That’s part of why the newspaper should be excluded, the lawyers say, arguing that it “has the serious potential to distract the jury from the real issues in the case.”
“The documents risk turning jury deliberations into a political debate,” the defense attorneys write, adding, “It would also result in longer deliberations and possibly an endless series of hung juries, as the likelihood that all jurors to have the same attitude about (Ethan)’s anti-Biden rant is surely close to zero.”
Politics aside, here’s what worries the Crumbleys’ lawyers about Ethan’s 22-page diary, which was found in his backpack on the day of the Nov. 30 shooting that left four dead and seven others injured , including a teacher.
According to court documents, the diary includes Ethan’s “detailed plan” to carry out a mass shooting at his school, racial slurs such as the N-word and complaints about his parents, teachers, school administrators, pretty girls. daughters and her students.
Among the journal entries that raised red flags for his parents’ attorneys are:
- “I want all of America to see the darkness in me and hate me.”
- “The first victim has to be a pretty girl with a future so she can suffer like me.”
- “I wish to hear the screams of the children as I shoot them.”
- “I am going to cause the biggest school shooting in Michigan history. I am going to kill everyone I f—— sees,” Ethan allegedly wrote. “I completely lost it mentally after years of battling my dark side. My parents don’t want to listen to me talking about help or a therapist.”
- “People will be talking about my shoot for years and I will have a huge impact on America.”
- “I want America to hear what I did.”
“There is no evidence that (Ethan’s) parents knew or ever saw (his) diary,” the Crumpleys’ lawyers claim, noting that “any reasonable person would be horrified to see that (Ethan) said plans, such as “the first victim has to be a pretty girl. “
But the parents did not know he wrote this and should not be blamed for his actions, the lawyers argue.
“It has not been demonstrated that the malice of (Ethan’s) intent was known to the parents,” the defense attorneys argued.
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In addition to the diary, attorneys for the Crumbleys also asked a judge to exclude from trial Ethan’s more than 400 internet searches for graphic content implicating other school shootings, particularly in Florida, and people killed.
They also want the judge to exclude Ethan’s numerous text messages to a friend in the months leading up to the shooting, in which he spoke out about his parents.
“They make me feel like the problem,” Ethan texted the friend one evening. “My mom makes everyone feel like a piece of s—. I actually asked my dad to take me to the doctor the other day, and he just gave me pills and told me to ‘suck’. My mom laughed when I told her.”
Ethan also allegedly texted the same friend about a bird’s head he was hiding under his bed.
“Holy shit my mom almost found the bird head,” Ethan reportedly texted his friend. “Jesus Christ, my heart is racing.”
The Crumbleys also fight to exclude the bird’s head as evidence, arguing that it is inflammatory and irrelevant to the case.
Also, according to the Crumbleys, the newspaper, text messages and internet searches are all hearsay, as they will not be able to cross-examine their son on what he has written and researched unless he takes the speech. It is unclear whether Ethan will speak at his parents’ trial, scheduled for October.
“There is no doubt that (Ethan’s) writings, texts and internet searches are extremely disturbing and upsetting. This makes them particularly unfairly harmful to Mr. and Mrs. Crumbley, who had no knowledge of or newspaper, had no knowledge of or involvement in sending the texts or having anything to do with (Ethan’s) horrific internet searches.”
The Crumbleys are locked up in the Oakland County Jail awaiting trial. 52-3 District Court Judge Julie Nicholson ordered them to stand trial in March, finding they could have stopped the rampage that was perpetrated by their ‘troubled’ son if they had ‘exercised care and ordinary diligence in the care of their son”.
“There were many accounts that Ethan Crumbley was certainly a troubled young man and that the (parents) knew about this situation. But they bought a gun, which he believed was his and that he was free to use,” Nicholson said. .
On Thursday, attorneys for the Crumbleys asked Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews to dismiss the manslaughter charges, arguing that Judge Nicholson “abused his discretion” in finding probable cause for send the case to trial.
“The thing that they will never be able to prove is that Jennifer and James Crumbley knew their son was going to carry out the school shooting,” Smith previously explained. “The prosecution knows that, which is why they went out of their way to make these people look like the worst parents in the world.”
Among the key themes prosecutors have hammered home is that the Crumbleys knew their son was troubled but never helped him, even when he texted his mother to say he was. had seen demons and heard voices and doors slamming. Moreover, they argue, the Crumbleys failed to stop a tragedy when they had the power to act, particularly on the morning of the shooting, when they were called to school because of a violent drawing their son had done that included a gun and the words, “Thoughts don’t stop, help me.”
Rather than tell the school their son had access to a gun, prosecutors say, the parents hid that information and insisted he be sent back to class.
While the defense argues the parents had no legal duty to do anything, the prosecution disagrees.
“The duty here is to prevent the community from their son intentionally hurting someone when they knew he was preoccupied with violent material, had access to a gun, could use when he wanted and was bothered,” McDonald said. at a preliminary hearing. “It’s a parental duty. It goes way beyond recklessness. It’s gross negligence.”
The Crumbleys and their son are all being held in the Oakland County Jail pending the outcome of their cases. They all pleaded not guilty.
Ethan Crumbley is charged with four counts of first degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted.
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