Last updated: January 03. 2014 11:19PM - 1954 Views
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The same day a federal magistrate dismissed charges against a Hazle Township man with threatening to explode a bomb outside the White House, a federal grand jury returned an indictment with the same offense.

Krystof Wasik, 45, was arrested based on a criminal complaint filed April 10 alleging he approached a Secret Service officer at the White House gates and told the officer that a bomb would detonate in a truck that was parked in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue. There was no bomb, but the threat prompted an evacuation of the immediate area.

Wasik has been in custody since his arrest undergoing court-ordered mental health evaluations to determine his competency to stand trial.

Wasik’s federal public defender, Tony W. Miles, filed a motion seeking to dismiss the charges claiming unnecessary delays and violations of the speedy trial law. Miles contended federal prosecutors failed to present the case to a federal grand jury within 30 days of the criminal complaint being filed on April 10.

U.S. District of Columbia Magistrate Deborah A. Robinson on July 16 found Wasik incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to undergo forensic evaluations to restore his competency.

Miles contended Wasik sat in a District of Columbia jail for months without receiving mental health treatments.

Federal prosecutors blamed the U.S. Marshals Service for failing to transport Wasik to a hospital for treatment, which was learned in mid-November, federal court records say.

Robinson dismissed the charge on Nov. 14, finding a speedy trial law violation had occurred with Wasik sitting in jail for nearly four months. Later that day, federal prosecutors presented the case to a federal grand jury that returned an indictment charging Wasik with threatening and conveying false information concerning the use of an explosive.

Miles moved to have the indictment dismissed, citing once again unnecessary delays and speedy trial violations.

U.S. District of Columbia Judge Rosemary M. Collyer declined last month to dismiss the indictment.

A trial date has not been scheduled.

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