Somali seeks new trial in Minn. shooting

Feb. 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- An attorney for a Somali man convicted of a Minnesota shooting says his client deserves a new trial because of derogatory statements posted by the prosecutor.

The motion on behalf of Ahmed Ali argued that Hennepin County prosecutor Gretchen Gray-Larson posted objectionable comments about Somalia on her Facebook page during the trial and also referred to an individual juror who she felt comfortable about, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said Wednesday.

Ali was convicted earlier this month of assault and attempted murder for a 2008 shooting at a Minneapolis shopping center that injured three.

Deputy County Attorney Pat Diamond declined to discuss any disciplinary action against Gray-Larson; however, he told the newspaper that he was confident the motion would be rejected.

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