ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two years before he allegedly mailed pipe bombs that killed a federal judge and a civil rights attorney in 1989, Walter Leroy Moody paid two Georgia women to lie in his behalf in court proceedings involving a previous bomb incident, a witness in his federal trial contended yesterday.
On the second day of Moody's trial, prosecutors portrayed the 57-year-old Georgia man as being so obsessed with clearing his record of a 1972 conviction for illegally possessing a pipe bomb that he hatched elaborate schemes and manufactured bogus witnesses. When his efforts failed, they contend, he declared war on the judicial system.
A series of letters sent to television stations during the 1989 bombing spree suggested that a racial hate group was behind the attacks. Prosecutors say Moody acted alone, however. In the trial so far, they have portrayed Moody as a complicated man who meticulously plotted and maneuvered for years in order to clear the conviction from his record -- all so that he could be admitted to the Georgia Bar and become an attorney.
Yesterday, prosecutors played video and audio tapes of Moody instructing Julie Linn West how to respond to questioning by federal agents and before a grand jury in 1990 when Moody was under investigation for mailing the 1989 pipe bombs and obstructing justice during an appeal of the 1972 case.
West, at this point, had agreed to cooperate with federal authorities.