January 21st, 2009
#31 Dr. Lynne Herold (LA Co. Sheriff's Office senior criminalist, blood spatter analyst and crime scene re constructionist; testimony complete)
Accredited Press inside the courtroom: Harriet Ryan of the Los Angeles Times
I don't even know where to begin. The testimony was so very hard to transcribe today and I may not even attempt to put up a detailed entry on what little notes I did take down. (If I do, it will be over the weekend.) It was the most excruciating day of testimony in the trial so far and it was difficult to sit through. There were times where I don't believe I've ever seen a cross take so long or go through so much convoluted suppositions to try to discredit testimony. It's my personal opinion that in his very detailed and extensive effort to discredit Dr. Herold as a witness (and her conclusions), Weinberg lost the jury. I could easily be wrong, but at times I thought that besides the prosecution and many in the gallery, even Judge Fidler was having a tough time enduring the seemingly endless questions and re questions about what Dr. Herold said in the first trial, what she said in the grand jury, what she said two days ago and the tiny, minute differences between all that testimony.
Two aging rockers came to support Spector today. One of them was Mark Ramone. The other old-rocker-type looking man had strange hair. It was blond, but there were parts of it, like long strings that were dyed black. After they arrived, Rachelle Short got Spector's attention at the defense table to let him know who showed up to support him today. To me, it looked as if it took Spector a while to register who had come to court. Once he did, he smiled at them. There is another supporter in court today. An older bald black man with a goatee. He was here last week. I did notice that Spector had his medium sized, half moon shape, black leather "man bag" with him today. It was sitting on the defense table in front of him.
Court went a little beyond the 12 noon hour to get Dr. Herold's cross, redirect and last cross in before court ended for the day so she did not have to be called back tomorrow. Donna Clarkson, Lana Clarkson's mother will take the stand tomorrow morning and talk about the last days of her daughter's life. I think this will be a very powerful witness for the prosecution to end their case with. I'm already wondering how Weinberg will handle her on cross.