Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I apologize for not producing a post yesterday reviewing what happened during the morning and afternoon sessions. I have a good excuse. however. Court was still in session after 9 pm EDT when I retired for the evening.
In a nutshell, the computer animation that the defense wants to present to the jury is a restatement of the same false narrative that Mark O’Mara has been pushing for the past year. It is based on many disputed facts, including some facts in witness statements by people who have not testified during the trial.
As if that were not bad enough, the defense did not provide the computer guy or Dr. Di Maio with a complete set of the defendant’s statements.
Court is going to resume in a few minutes at 9 am EDT.
Judge Nelson is determined to resolve the pending defense motions without burning up any more jury time.
Here’s the link to the livestream coverage.
See you in court.
UPDATE: Judge Nelson rescheduled the starting time today to 9 am
She issued two orders from the bench:
(1) The defense cannot introduce the computer animation as substantive evidence, but may use it for illustrative purposes (i.e., can be used to explain or illustrate evidence that has been admitted. This means that the jury cannot consider it as evidence in the case and it will not go back into the jury room during jury deliberations.
(2) The defense request to mention and introduce evidence obtained from Trayvon Martin’s phone is denied.
UPDATE 2: Judge Nelson told the defendant that he has a right to testify or not testify and she recommended he discuss those rights with his lawyers. She told him that later on she will be asking him if he is going to testify.
Presumably that will occur late this morning or during the afternoon session.
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