Wednesday
Aug192009

WAOD reporter's tweets from Dunbar Village trial Day 2

Gershman still working through individual jurors: Ever been a victim? Can u be fair? Anything we should know about your abil to be a juror? less than 5 seconds ago from web
Same juror, asked about importance of being on jury to help ensure defendant a fair trial, again was barely audible but not very coherent. 1 minute ago from web
Before current break, same juror again referred to "many things going on in my personal life" — facing eviction court, phone turned off. 8 minutes ago from web
Surprise if remaining African-American juror selected. Has hearing problem, was late from first break, told judge he misunderstood direx. about 1 hour ago from web
Predictably, after attorneys' sidebar with judge, those ladies excused. Gershman continues, on jurors' ability to separate various charges. about 1 hour ago from web
Gershman: "Child being directed to penetrate and stimulate mother....Anyone not able to consider and deliberate on that?" about 1 hour ago from web
Similar doubts from another. Gershman: "You're getting emotional even as you're talking about it." She, almost sobbing: "Yes." Wipes tears. about 1 hour ago from web
Juror: "I find it sick...I don't know that I would be a good judge." Can't imagine she will be on jury. about 1 hour ago from web
Gershman: "Mother, having oral sex, with her son...Anyone offended that I'm asking these questions?" about 1 hour ago from web
Gershman: "Mother, being penetrated, with a firearm. Are you all able to discuss that with your fellow jurors?" about 1 hour ago from web
Atty Robert Gershman's turn to query jury: Sexual battery, kidnapping, with a firearm, while wearing a mask; anyone know what that means? about 1 hour ago from web
(Some folks have reported trouble; have had to connect to GEMPIRENews tweets on this trial through my cbhanif Twitter account.) about 2 hours ago from web
(Some folks have reported trouble; have had to connect to GEMPIRENews through my cbhanif Twitter account.) about 2 hours ago from web
All back from lunch; Williams to jurors on possibility Skiles' recovery means she, not he, joins McRoberts to prosecute the case. about 2 hours ago from web
All back from lunch; Williams to jurors on possibility Skiles' recovery means she, not he, joins McRoberts to prosecute the case. about 2 hours ago from web
Lunch break; am working. Just noted at http://www.whataboutourdaug... that Dunbar Village casae testimony may not begin until Monday. about 3 hours ago from web
Had couple of requests to repeat this NOTE: My Dunbar Village trial tweets for http://www.whataboutourdaug now at GEMPIRENews. Thanx...cbh about 4 hours ago from web
"...Some of you may not be appropriate to sit on this case." about 5 hours ago from web
Judge Marx: "It will not be an easy case to sit on. Merely hearing the charges I’m sure is (inaudible) to you..." about 5 hours ago from web
Judge checking for jurors' disqualifying issues. This being pretty much pro forma, I want to post a few items on our main site. about 6 hours ago from web
“You will be the judge of the facts in this case. You alone will determine whether or not the defendant is innocent of guilty.” — Judge Marx about 6 hours ago from web
Judge Marx explains that "This is a case in which two individuals will be tried together but will have a separate jury." about 6 hours ago from web
Enter the potential jury. I count 60 citizens who will be culled to six with two alternates. about 6 hours ago from web
Already in the courtroom when I arrived were three Nathan Walker Jr., family members. I have asked to speak with me. We’ll see. about 6 hours ago from web
Back at the Dunbar Village trial, Day 2, for http://www.whataboutourdaug... we're moving these tweets to GEMPIRENews. about 6 hours ago from web
Back at the Dunbar Village trial, Day 2, for http://www.whataboutourdaug... Marx just entered courtroom. about 6 hours ago from web
C.B. Hanif tweeting at GEMPIRENews: Gershman still working through individual jurors: Ever been a victim? Can u be fair? Anything we should know about your abil to be a juror? less than 5 seconds ago from web Same juror, asked about importance of being on jury to help ensure defendant a fair trial, again was barely audible but not very coherent. 1 minute ago from web Before current break, same juror again referred to "many things going on in my personal life" — facing eviction court, phone turned off. 8 minutes ago from web Surprise if remaining African-American juror selected. Has hearing problem, was late from first break, told judge he misunderstood direx. about 1 hour ago from web Predictably, after attorneys' sidebar with judge, those ladies excused. Gershman continues, on jurors' ability to separate various charges. about 1 hour ago from web Gershman: "Child being directed to penetrate and stimulate mother....Anyone not able to consider and deliberate on that?" about 1 hour ago from web Similar doubts from another. Gershman: "You're getting emotional even as you're talking about it." She, almost sobbing: "Yes." Wipes tears. about 1 hour ago from web Juror: "I find it sick...I don't know that I would be a good judge." Can't imagine she will be on jury. about 1 hour ago from web Gershman: "Mother, having oral sex, with her son...Anyone offended that I'm asking these questions?" about 1 hour ago from web Gershman: "Mother, being penetrated, with a firearm. Are you all able to discuss that with your fellow jurors?" about 1 hour ago from web Atty Robert Gershman's turn to query jury: Sexual battery, kidnapping, with a firearm, while wearing a mask; anyone know what that means? about 1 hour ago from web (Some folks have reported trouble; have had to connect to GEMPIRENews tweets on this trial through my cbhanif Twitter account.) about 2 hours ago from web (Some folks have reported trouble; have had to connect to GEMPIRENews through my cbhanif Twitter account.) about 2 hours ago from web All back from lunch; Williams to jurors on possibility Skiles' recovery means she, not he, joins McRoberts to prosecute the case. about 2 hours ago from web All back from lunch; Williams to jurors on possibility Skiles' recovery means she, not he, joins McRoberts to prosecute the case. about 2 hours ago from web Lunch break; am working. Just noted at http://www.whataboutourdaug... that Dunbar Village casae testimony may not begin until Monday. about 3 hours ago from web Had couple of requests to repeat this NOTE: My Dunbar Village trial tweets for http://www.whataboutourdaug now at GEMPIRENews. Thanx...cbh about 4 hours ago from web "...Some of you may not be appropriate to sit on this case." about 5 hours ago from web Judge Marx: "It will not be an easy case to sit on. Merely hearing the charges I’m sure is (inaudible) to you..." about 5 hours ago from web Judge checking for jurors' disqualifying issues. This being pretty much pro forma, I want to post a few items on our main site. about 6 hours ago from web “You will be the judge of the facts in this case. You alone will determine whether or not the defendant is innocent of guilty.” — Judge Marx about 6 hours ago from web Judge Marx explains that "This is a case in which two individuals will be tried together but will have a separate jury." about 6 hours ago from web Enter the potential jury. I count 60 citizens who will be culled to six with two alternates. about 6 hours ago from web Already in the courtroom when I arrived were three Nathan Walker Jr., family members. I have asked to speak with me. We’ll see. about 6 hours ago from web Back at the Dunbar Village trial, Day 2, for http://www.whataboutourdaug... we're moving these tweets to GEMPIRENews. about 6 hours ago from web Back at the Dunbar Village trial, Day 2, for http://www.whataboutourdaug... Marx just entered courtroom. about 6 hours ago from web

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Wednesday
Aug192009

Dunbar Village case testimony to begin Friday — or not until Monday?

Even before we get to such weighty issues as DNA evidence — not to mention the sociological aspects on which everyone has an opinion — other concerns inevitably are manifesting as this first trial of Dunbar Village case defendants unfolds.
Before breaking for lunch, Public Defender Carey Haughwout expressed discontent to Judge Marx regarding  the judge’s mention of prosecutor Terry Skiles’ “ongoing physical condition,” in Haughwout’s words
Skiles was absent again today being treated for a burst appendix.
Judge Marx noted that she had mentioned the absence to the jury only twice, but would welcome Haughwout’s suggestions on how to refer to the fact.
Haughwout responded that she simply would like fewer references to it.
Skiles’ absence also has raised the possibility that testimony in this case of the first two defendants, Nathan Walker, now 18, and Tommy Poindexter, now 20,  may not start until Monday.
That would allow prosecutor Craig Williams, who would join fellow prosecutor Aleathea McRoberts, time to catch up on the case.
Judge Marx: “It definitely is my preference that we start on Friday for a myriad of reasons. But will see what the update is.”
DSCN1180 C.B. Hanif for WAOD: Even before we get to such weighty issues as DNA evidence — not to mention the sociological aspects on which everyone has an opinion — other concerns inevitably are manifesting as this first trial of Dunbar Village case defendants unfolds. Before breaking for lunch, Public Defender Carey Haughwout expressed discontent to Judge Marx regarding the judge’s mention of prosecutor Terry Skiles’ “ongoing physical condition,” in Haughwout’s words. Skiles was absent again today being treated for a burst appendix. Judge Marx noted that she had mentioned the absence to the jury only twice, but would welcome Haughwout’s suggestions on how to refer to the fact. Haughwout responded that she simply would like fewer references to it. Skiles’ absence also has raised the possibility that testimony in this case of the first two defendants, Nathan Walker, now 18, and Tommy Poindexter, now 20,  may not begin until Monday. That would allow prosecutor Craig Williams, who would join fellow prosecutor Aleathea McRoberts, to catch up on the case. “It definitely is my preference that we start on Friday for a myriad of reasons," said Judge Marx before the break. "But we will see what the update is.”

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