Today the defense again asked for a continuance of the trial and it was pushed back to July 5, 2011. The motion was sealed, so I can’t tell you all the reasons. I assume they wanted more time for something.
There was also argument about discovery issues and the jury questionnaire changes. Jury selection will take about 3 weeks and will start in June.
The defense entered a motion asking for a change of venue as well. They said that they felt there had been too much media attention in the area for Ling to get a fair trial. Personally, I don’t think that the general public remembers that long. There hasn’t been anything in the papers in a couple of months. You remember because you are following the case. That’s different. It’s real to you. I’ve found that a lot of people assume the whole thing was over and done with long ago, if they remember the case at all. It’s probably easier that way. For me it will always be immediate and I will always miss them. I just have to learn to live with that as my new normal. Monkey.