Hansen Helicopters is asking the federal district court to suppress evidence related to search warrants issued in the case, arguing that they were carried out illegally.
However, the government characterized the move as an effort to short-circuit the judicial process.
Hansen Helicopters and its top executives were implicated in a scheme to defraud the government involving the leasing of un-worthy helicopters to tuna boat operators.
According to the government, their actions resulted in the deaths of nine individuals and bodily injuries to numerous individuals in over 25 helicopter accidents.
Hansen Helicopters petitioned the court to suppress search warrants related to the case on several grounds.
They argue that at the time of the interrogations, the government viewed Marvin Reed as a suspect. He was held in a custodial setting and he was not read his Miranda Rights nor did he waive them. Because of this, statements made to authorities were involuntary.
But the government argued that the move to suppress is simply a last-ditch effort by the defendants to avoid any responsibility for their criminal actions.
The government further argued that the warrants preceded an indictment of the defendants and no proof of ownership of the helicopters is needed for the superseding indictment.
John Walker, Marvin Reed, Kenneth Crowe, Phillip Kapp Randall Rogers, and Hansen Helicopters are all defendants in the case.