Cesar Sayoc had his first court appearance here in Miami federal court after his arrest Friday for allegedly mailing the pipe bombs to former presidents, Democratic politicians and other opponents of President Donald Trump. Today was just his initial appearance. He was read his rights and a judge scheduled a hearing, another hearing, for Friday morning on whether he will be released on bail. The federal prosecutors said they don't want him released on bail. They think he's a risk of flight and also a danger to the community. And so that will be decided. The second thing on Friday will be whether or not he's going to be sent back soon to New York where the charges are pending against him."
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3. Various of courtroom sketches of Cesar Sayoc
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dan Aaronson, Sayoc's Attorney:
"Representing him in the past, he was the most polite, most respectful person that I've ever represented. And so I am choosing to allow the system of justice to go where it goes, that he is innocent until proven guilty. I am representing an innocent person as we speak right now and a person that has treated me with the respect that I could only ask my the clients to treat me with."
Federal prosecutors want no bail for a man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats around the country.
Prosecutors said at the initial hearing Monday for 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc that they believe he is a risk of flight and a danger to the community.
One of Sayoc's attorneys, Daniel Aaronson, urged people not to rush to judgment.
"He's innocent until proven guilty," said Aaronson.
Aaronson said he had represented Sayoc in the past and that "he was the most polite, most respectful person that I've ever represented."
Sayoc, shackled at the wrists and ankles and wearing a tan jail jumpsuit, said little at the hearing. He has not yet entered a plea, but his lawyers say Sayoc is entitled to be presumed innocent at this stage.
A bail hearing is set for Friday.
Sayoc will be prosecuted in New York rather than Miami. Friday's hearing will also involve when he would be removed to New York.
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