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Reiser a Victim of 'One of the Great Screw Jobs,' Lawyer Says

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Linux programmer Hans Reiser is the victim of police "shading" and "one of the great screw jobs" perpetrated by his wife, who the open source developer is accused of killing, his attorney, William DuBois, told jurors during his second day of closing arguments here.

"He's charged with a crime he did not commit," DuBois said.

Speaking to the 12 jurors and two alternatives who have been seated since Nov. 6, DuBois for the second day likened his client to a duckbill platypus, a strange-looking mammal -- a "genetic mistake" -- that was projected to jurors on a large monitor.

"I just know this is one of the great screw jobs of what happened to Hans Reiser," DuBois said. "It's easy to screw a platypus."

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Also: Hans Reiser Trial: April 17, 2008

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