Friday, July 29, 2005

Court Watch Thursday July 28th - Afternoon Session (B. Burgess)

During the afternoon session both Serra and Thorman cross-examined Merel. Both lawyers seemed to be intent on disproving Merel's credibility by asking him a string of questions about drug use, his emotional state at the time of the murder, and the length of time that passed before he attempted to recall the events in detail with his lawyer.

Before he began his cross-examination of Merel, Thorman requested that the jury be removed from the court room. He then told the judge that he wanted to make an accusation of "inducements made to the witness". Thorman accused the D.A. of offering Merel a deal (that they would go easy on him) if he agreed to testify that Magidson was the one who tied the rope around Gwen/Lida's neck. He demanded an "evidenciary hearing" before the rest of the trial could proceed.

Both Lamiero and DuBois denied Thorman's accusation. The judge asked Merel a series of questions about the alleged D.A. offer and Merel answered no to all of them, firmly denying that any such offer had been made. The judge announced that he could make no findings and brought the jury back in so that the trial could continue.

Thorman will continue his cross-examination on Monday.


Anonymous Brenda Ann said...

I'm certainly thankful for your blog and all the hard work that goes into it. It's by far the best, and in many cases the only, source of news on this very important trial. Thank you.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be better if you had RSS capabilities for this blog, so those of us on feed readers could subscribe to it. If you don't know how to do it, it's pretty easy and the blogger software should have the options pretty easily spelled out. Thanks for blogging!

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone put the upcoming dates on this trial? I can't figure out the days this trial are 'on' or 'off'.


8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's been happening this past week?

1:54 AM  
Blogger wicked_girl said...

I think everything was on hold for a week. I thought court resumed on the 9th, or will sometime this week.

If you have a yahoo account, Gwen Smith does regular updates on the happenings of the trial here

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