Do you remember Tad Cummins? He was the teacher in Tennessee who abducted his former student, Elizabeth Thomas, and took her on the run with him for a month across state lines.
It was claimed that Cummins didn't actually take Thomas, but that she willingly went with him. There was evidence to suggest the two had been involved romantically before running away, with Instagram posts between the two being front and center.
"It's entirely likely Elizabeth doesn’t believe – at least right now – that she’s a victim," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said.
Thomas was found safe in Northern California, and Cummins was sent to jail pending his trial.
MEDIA: We are planning for an afternoon news conference. Details will be announced as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/Tw7IKNWZ38— TBI (@TBInvestigation) April 20, 2017
Now, as he sits in jail waiting to head to court, Tad Cummins has some complaints about his conditions.
Cummins and his lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Dumaka Shabazz, filed a motion in court to have Cummins released before his trial date, claiming his constitutional rights are being violated. According to the duo, they are unable to meet privately to discuss their case which is grounds for release, according to the motion.
"In American criminal law, the right to privately confer with counsel is nearly sacrosanct,” the motion reads, quoting from a 2014 federal appeals court decision. "By detaining Cummins in these conditions, the government is seriously interfering with ... his Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
Shabazz says a guard walked through one of their attorney-client meetings, which obstructs his constitutional rights.
"Counsel requests that the Henderson County Detention Center have a representative available at the hearing to explain why the facility is so casual about trampling on Cummins' rights under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the United States Constitution," the motion reads.
A judge has already ruled that Cummins should remain in custody pre-trial, but Shabazz is now asking for his client's immediate release and accountability from Henderson County officials.
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