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New video shows shooting death of defendant in Utah courtroom


by RaeAnn Christensen, KUTV

SALT LAKE CITY — (KUTV) -We are finally seeing the video of what happened inside a federal courthouse when Siale Angilau was shot and killed by a U.S. Marshal back in 2014.

“It's a stunning video,” former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman said. Tolman has tried many similar cases like that of Angilau, “There certainly has been due process which is good,” he said.

After a year’s long effort by the Utah Media Coalition, including KUTV, a judge ruled the public should see the video. Audio of the incident had been previously released.

The federal government wanted to keep the video sealed from the public.

On trial for racketeering, you can see in the video Angilau grabbing what was later identified as a pen, and lunging at a testifying witness, before a U.S. Marshal shot and killed him.

“I think there's no question though you can turn a pen into a knife or equivalent. You can take somebody's life with it,” Tolman said.

According to court documents, the witness was shackled and handcuffed, “I think it happened so fast that it's easy if you slow down the video to maybe argue or suggest there was enough time to do something different.

When you watch it live, it's very hard to see that anything different could have occurred,” Tolman said.

Tolman and a juror who didn’t want to be identified said Angilau told the judge he would behave so he didn't need to be shackled, “When you have a jury you always want the defendant to appear like he is in regular civilian clothes that he's not in handcuffs that he has a fair shot at being treated fairly by the justice system.” but Tolman said this video may have the federal court reconsidering its guidelines in these situations, “I am sure that those measures are being reconsidered by the court as they look at it,” he said.

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