A judge dealt a blow to the US government's case against a New York policeman accused of plotting to kill and eat women.
He questioned an FBI agents' investigative methods, disqualified evidence "likely to sicken and disgust the jury" and let the operator of a sexual fetish website give video evidence from Russia.
US District Judge Paul Gardephe refused to approve testimony about mobile phone evidence the government has frequently promoted as proof that officer Gilberto Valle intended to carry out kidnappings and other horrors that he discussed on the internet.
Valle's defence says he was engaging in sexual fantasies with people who share the same interest in fetishes and had no criminal intent. No women were injured or aware they were spoken about online.