Hearing Update 8/3/10

Not a whole lot happened at today’s hearing. The judge had a huge bunch of jurors waiting to be questioned waiting out in the hall. Potential jurors kept coming inside and getting chased out of the courtroom by the bailiff. Attorneys, prosecutors and other court personnel kept wandering in and out. Between the rustling, whispering and extrememly squeeky courtroom doors, I found it hard to follow what was going on. The judge wants to wait and rule on photos that the defense has objection to at the time they are introduced in trial. Crime and autopsy photos will not be blown up into posters or projected on the screen. Each juror will have a folder and be given his or her own copies. At least no one in the audience will have to see those difficult graphic photos of Neal. The jury questionnaire was supposed to be finalized, but that has been postponed until this Friday, so it’s back to court again. This was also supposed to be a hearing about discovery. The defense indicated that there are a few witnesses that they want to keep under wraps for now. They will present a motion to the judge and will be heard in chambers. If the motion is denied, the witnesses must be disclosed at once to DA. The defense indicated that in that case they may choose not to call the witness. There is another hearing on August 20 as well.
Jan

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