ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Wen Ho Lee's homecoming was delayed after an appeals court stayed the release of the jailed Los Alamos nuclear scientist, leaving defense attorneys scrambling to respond to the order.
Neighbors awaiting Lee's return said they were disappointed by the last-minute legal maneuvers by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said Friday in a brief order: "Release of (Lee) is stayed pending further order of this court."
"There is just a tremendous amount of disappointment and frustration and anger among a lot of people," said Phyllis Hedges, an organizer of an aborted "Welcome Home" rally in White Rock. "This is not the way the government should work."
U.S. District Judge James A. Parker, who last week ordered Lee's release on $1 million bail, said he would have rejected the government's request for a delay if the appellate court had not intervened.
Parker said the 10th Circuit likely wouldn't have ordered the last-minute delay if it had seen the government's information that he's spent the past three months reviewing.
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