by Nick Beres
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Defense attorneys have filed a motion to have the lead prosecutor and his legal team removed from the high-profile Vanderbilt rape case.
John Herbison, one of the attorneys for suspect Brandon Vandenburg, filed the strongly worded motion in criminal court Monday.
"Prosecutors have a duty not only to the state, but to the court and to the defendants to be fair and that has not happened here," said Herbison.
He argues in the motion that prosecutors led by Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman have threatened witnesses and even felony extortion involving defendants. Herbison wants the prosecutors removed from the case or the charges dropped against Vandenburg.
The District Attorneys office issued a response to the motion: "We strongly deny these baseless allegations and deny any inappropriate conduct in this case. As we have said from the beginning, the appropriate time and place to respond to these motions is in court."
The next hearing is this Friday.