Attorney wants Waseca bomb suspect's journal kept under wraps


An attorney for the teenager accused of planning a bomb attack in Waseca wants the teenager's journal -- which allegedly outlines the details of his plot -- to be sealed, the Mankato Free Press reports.

John David LaDue, 17, was arrested in April after authorities say they found guns, bombs and materials for making explosives, and a 180-page journal which authorities say documents the plans he had to kill his family, set off bombs and "kill as many students as he could" at Waseca Junior and Senior High School.

LaDue is charged in juvenile court with several counts of attempted murder and possessing explosives. He will be in court for a probable cause hearing on June 18.

His attorney, Dawn Johnson, wants to prevent the contents of LaDue's journal from being made public, according to the Free Press. Johnson said it's likely prosecutors will submit the journal as evidence in the June hearing. If the journal is submitted and not sealed, it would become available to the public.

Johnson is asking Blue Earth County District Judge Gerald Wolf to issue an order that would keep it under seal.

"A significant portion of the journal is not relevant to the case or the determination of probable cause," Johnson said in court documents. She also said releasing the entire journal publicly would "seriously adversely affect" a potential jury pool if the case goes to trial, the Associated Press reports.

Police said the teen began writing the journal about 10 months ago. They say it included detailed plans for how he was going to use the explosives, guns and ammunition he had acquired.

LaDue also wrote that he idolized the Columbine High School shooters, and his writings include critiques of what the two young men had done right and wrong in their attack. LaDue also chronicled his thoughts about shootings at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School, police said.

Prosecutors want to try LaDue as an adult. Judge Wolf has ordered that the teen be evaluated to see if he should be moved to adult court.

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