Bank robbery suspect's cases on hold after motion for new lawyer

Four separate cases involving bank robbery suspect Michael Scott are on hold after Scott filed a motion for a new lawyer. The 42 year old Scott claims his court-appointed attorney, Scotts Bluff County Public Defender Bernie Straetker, has not worked diligently on his behalf, has not been prepared, is ineffective, incompetent, and does not have interest in his cases.

Scott is awaiting trial for the robbery of Valley Bank in Scottsbluff just before Thanksgiving, possession of a controlled substance during his arrest, theft and fraud cases involving local bank ATM cards, and assault on a fellow inmate.

Scott's motion was filed April 18th but Straetker filed a series of motions on the robbery case this past Tuesday, many of them addressing his client's concerns. Straetker filed motions for change of venue due to pre-trial publicity, to suppress evidence taken during Scott's arrest and by search warrant, and to dismiss the charge because of the state's failure to provide discovery evidence.

District Judge Randy Lippstreu says he will need to rule on Scott's motion before he can address the other motions and a schedule for trial on the four cases.

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