Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The direct, cross-examination and redirect examination of Oscar Pistorius concluded yesterday. Roger Dixon, a defense expert is on the stand. His direct examination by defense counsel resumes this morning. He testified yesterday regarding the crime scene.
Prior to the resumption of his testimony, the judge granted the prosecution’s application for a postponement of the trial (we call it a motion to continue the trial) commencing tomorrow, April 17, through May 4th. The trial will resume May 5th.
UPDATE: I am mistaken about when the break starts because they are in session tomorrow.
The continuance was requested by the prosecution because this case has lasted much longer than counsel predicted and Gerrie Nell’s co-counsel has another criminal case scheduled for trial that involves defendants in custody in an apartheid matter. The application was not opposed by the defense counsel. Since Pistorius is free on bail and the scheduling conflict was not reasonably foreseeable (and there is no jury to worry about), the judge granted the request. After today the trial will resume on Monday, May 5th.
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