A federal judge has given the U.S. government more time to seek an indictment against Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski because of delays caused by his appeals.
Under federal law, an indictment usually has to be handed up within 30 days of a suspect's arrest.But U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ruled Friday that the 30-day clock was on hold until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Kaczynski's contention that he should not be prosecuted because of government leaks to the news media.
"It is ordered that, absent other events resulting in excludable delay, the United States has 16 days after proceedings conclude in the United States Supreme Court to obtain an indictment against defendant," Lovell said.
Kaczynski, 53, a Harvard-educated mathematician, was arrested at his Montana cabin April 3.
In April, Lovell rejected Kaczynski's claims that his chances of getting a fair trial had been hurt by a spate of government leaks to the media in the case.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco denied Kaczynski's appeal, ruling that a defendant cannot appeal the denial of a motion before the actual indictment on criminal charges.
Kaczynski then asked the Supreme Court to review the appeals court's decision. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Kaczynski's request that it act quickly on his appeal and it is not known when the court will reach a decision.