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Lawyers for Sikhs seek data on investigation of prosecutor NEWARK (AP) - Lawyers for two Sikhs facing possible extradition extradition on terrorism charges have asked for details of the investigation investigation into the case's original prosecutor, prosecutor, who is accused of manufacturing threats against herself and the magistrate hearing the matter. Attorneys William M. Kunstler and Ronald L. Kuby also subpoenaed subpoenaed the former prosecutor, Judy G. Russell, who has committed herself herself to a psychiatric institution. The request for information and the subpoena, which calls for Russell Russell to appear at a June 20 hearing, were filed in federal court in Newark Newark Friday. The government charges Russell, Russell, 36, of Iselin mailed or delivered delivered a series of threats in the weeks before, during and after hearings Feb. 1-5 1-5 1-5 for Sukhminder Singh and Ranjit Singh Gill. U.S. Magistrate Ronald J. Hedges ruled the men could be extradited to India, but the federal Mayor blasts state officials for suit homeless government sought a new hearing in March after announcing the accusations against Russell. Russell was a highly regarded lawyer who served a supervisory post in the U.S. attorney's office in Newark before leaving for private practice. She returned to handle the extradition case as a special assistant U.S. attorney, having handled it when the men were arrested in rural Aberdeen Township Township in May 1987. Kunstler and Kuby say they need information of the investiga tion surrounding Russell to determine determine the extent of alleged prosecutorial misconduct before they fight new extradition proceedings. proceedings. They want to examine Russell's medical, psychiatric and bank records; records; a handwriting sample; all documents related to her appointment appointment as a special prosecutor; any information regarding her travel in India to gather evidence; grand jury minutes regarding her case; and all evidence gathered in the investigation of her. If the information sought showed the Indian government was involved or aware of the allegedly allegedly manufactured threats, Gill and Singh could be immune from extradition, according to the court papers. r

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  2. 15 May 1988, Sun,
  3. Page 22

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