Prosecutors oppose launch of Quebec girl accused of mailing poison to Donald Trump

Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press

Printed Monday, November 2, 2020 10:23PM EST

MONTREAL – Prosecutors in america say a Canadian girl accused of sending a poisoned letter to President Donald Trump is just too harmful to be launched.

In a memo filed with the Washington D.C. district courtroom on Friday, legal professional Michael Sherwin argued that Pascale Ferrier poses a flight danger. Sherwin’s memo additionally cited the character of Ferrier‘s alleged crimes and the energy of the federal government’s proof in opposition to her.

“It is a defendant with entry to firearms, false identification paperwork, harmful chemical compounds and a overseas nation passport, who has threatened and tried grave acts of violence in opposition to authorities officers in america,” Sherwin wrote. “The character and seriousness of the hazard that she would pose if launched can’t be overstated.”

Ferrier is a citizen of Canada and France. She was arrested at a U.S. border crossing on Sept. 20, allegedly in possession of a handgun and several other different weapons, almost 300 rounds of ammunition, and a pretend Texas driver’s licence.

She has been charged with sending a letter containing the poison ricin, which was intercepted earlier than it was delivered to the White Home. U.S. authorities say they consider Ferrier additionally despatched letters containing ricin to regulation enforcement and corrections officers in Texas, who have been linked to her arrest and detention in that state within the spring of 2019.

In response to prosecutors, the letter to Trump accommodates comparable language to the letters despatched to officers in Texas. The letter to Trump refers back to the poison as a “particular present” and concludes with a menace to “discover a higher recipe for one more poison, or I’d use my gun once I’ll be capable to come.” The letters are all signed “Free Insurgent Spirit.”

In 2019, Ferrier was arrested in Texas for weapons offences and for tampering with a authorities document after she was discovered with a pretend drivers’ licence. She was launched — after spending greater than two months in a Hidalgo County Jail — when the costs have been dropped.

Sherwin’s memo mentioned that not solely ought to Ferrier proceed to be detained however detention listening to is pointless. A U.S. federal decide in New York ordered Ferrier‘s continued detention on Sept. 28 in addition to her switch to the Washington D.C. space, the place she was charged in reference to the poisoned letter.

Ferrier is scheduled again in courtroom on Nov. four.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 2, 2020.