It’s 8:37 am, and I’m waiting for the Red Line to take off. I had to drive myself to the Orange Line today since Mr. Sprocket is in the midst of marathon studying for his licensing exams tomorrow. He didn’t even want to lose 45 minutes of study to take me to the train. If a verdict is not reached today, I will have to find our little rolling cart (somewhere in our garage) for getting to the bus tomorrow. The extra weight of the laptop is not helping my swollen knee.
There were some interesting characters on the bus this morning. Standing beside where I was sitting was a young, slender black man with unusual earrings. There were squares, a little larger than 1/2 inch, filled with with what looked like little diamond studs all packed together in neat rows. I complimented him on his earrings and told him they really caught my eye. He thanked me and asked how I was doing.
My subway car is not as packed as it usually is. There are a few empty seats and no one is standing. There is a young girl sitting with her mother. The young girl has a huge pink bear, almost as big as her, with a red Santa cap on it’s head on her lap. Her mother’s eyes are closed. Other travelers are reading books, listening to iPods or closing their eyes trying to rest before work. One man is working with what looks like a sort of palm pilot. I can see him using a little stylus pen to scroll down the screen.
I’m hoping that nothing new has developed that will delay the deliberations. I won’t know until I get downtown. We’ve just left Hollywood and Western. I’m going to put the laptop away so I can rest a bit too, before I get to Civic Center Station.
9:21 am: BUZZ! We just heard the buzz that the jury has started deliberating again. We are assuming that we have an intact jury.
Pat Kelly from the PIO is here beside me. She stated that earlier, Wendy indicated that "time off" would be on a day-to-day basis this week. So there are no predictions at this point as to what days are dark for religious purposes.
9:28 am: Harriet Ryan stopped by to check in with Pat Kelly as to what time the jury started deliberating. The Chris Brown arraignment is today at 3:00 pm today. There is a CNN satellite truck in the parking lot. It's huge. When I get a moment I'll try to upload the photo I took of the truck with my cell phone.
9:34 am: According to Allan Parachini, who just walked in, they are not going to get to Cabrerra (sp?) until this afternoon so it will be a madhouse.
9:36 am: The AP reporter and Terri Keith also stopped by to find out a few things.
I had asked Pat Kelly as soon as I sat down if the Judge had addressed the jury to ask if they saw the article by Mr. Weinberg and to admonish them again about reading newspapers, TV or reading Internet blogs. Harriet Ryan, the AP reporter and Terri Keith all asked the same question.
Pat Kelly is up at Wendy's desk now asking.
9:38 am: Pat Kelly came back and just told me the Judge has not spoken to them yet. When they have a break or a moment, he will do that. (The pending trial from last week is setting up inside the courtroom.) The reason for the day-to-day schedule is because they may get a verdict today. The caterer hasn't even been ordered for tomorrow. Everything is on a day-to-day basis at this point.
Linda from San Diego is there and there are family from the pending trial in the courtroom, along with the CNN reporter, Lindy.
9:42 am: Jennifer Barringer from Spector's defense team has just entered the courtroom. She's sitting in the back row on one of the plastic chairs. Wendy asks her something and Jennifer replies, "No, just waiting."
There's a bit of a bustle in the aisle. Sheriff's detectives were talking to attorneys. It's quiet now.
9:45 am: The alternates were just led into 106 and sat down in their regular seats.
9:48: Fidler takes the bench. "As the trial is finished you're in deliberations there is a heightened media interest and what that means we are getting newspapers stories [...] There is a lot of speculation going on. [..]There's are a lot of (news, articles) things coming in [...] people offering opinions... [...] Every time it happens the attorneys are going to ask me to ask you, has anybody since deliberations (heard or read anything) because [...] been exposed to anything that's inappropriate?" (I don't get all of what he said. Just portions.)
Juror #4: Last night or on the news, something came up but I was asleep I had not seen it. [...] It didn't have any impact,
Did you hear anything about the case? (Reply is no.)
#3: Coming to court I hear on the raido an announcement the defenese complained about something
Fidler: Did it get into details (Response: No.) Anybody else? Anyone feel it would impact their deliberations? (No one responds.)
Fidler: Do you have any problems as continuing? I'm almost going to ask you not to read the papers, and maybe you shouldn't listen to any news shows, because this is going to happen time and time again, So keep that in mind. It's just going to happen. With that in mind I'll allow you to resume your deliberations, and I'll talk to you some other time.
There's more to what Fidler said, but that's all I got trying to type it out as he was talking. The jury went back into the jury room and the alternates went back to 107.
10:00 am: The bailiff calls for cell phones to be turned off. "That goes for you too, Jennier." All the defendant's are here from the other case. Court is called into session for the pending case.
The bailiff tells one of the members of the gallery that they cannot have a newspaper out. They were working a crossword puzzle.
One of the defendants is facing the death penalty. I believe that's what Judge Fidler just mentioned in this pending case. There are five defense attorneys at the table. I have no idea who is representing who.
10:18 am: Nothing on Spector. Just some notes on the pending case. I'm not sure, since I wasn't paying much attention to the proceedings, but I think some of the defendants are trying to have their cases severed.
10:28 am: One of the attorney's is speaking. This crime is not a gang crime. It was a robbery planned to pay back a drug debt of the female defendant, Valerie.
10:38 am: Sherri showed up about five minutes ago and Katie and Lisa just showed up for verdict watch.
10:41 am: Alan Jackson entered the courtroom. He's speaking to Jennifer Barringer.
10:41 am: Jackson leaves after speaking to Jennier.
10:45 am: The other hearing is over and Fidler has left the bench. The defendants are led out.
10:47 am: To answer a comment question. The Spector jury is in the jury room, deliberating. There's no reason motions on other cases cannot be heard at the same time.
10:38 am: BUZZ! They stopped deliberating. Probably on break.
To continue, if the jury has a question (two buzzes) then I'm sure they would find out what it is first, get the attorney's together to see how it's going to be answered/dealt with and if they need to clear the courtroom, they will. No problem.
10:50 am: The AP reporter enters to get an update. Lindy from CNN is updating her.
10:51 am: The courtroom is way emptier and boisterous now.
Sherri, Katie, Lisa and Linda are all discussing the pending case. We are all not sure on the specific details of the charges. One of the defendants (male) was under age at the time of the killing so that defendant is not eligible for the death penalty. We have seen one of the defendant's family in court, the one male that is in the orange jumpsuit. The other two are wearing blue.
10:58 am: BUZZ! The jurors started deliberating again.
The AP reporter came back to tell me that the AP has a story up on Farrah Fawcett. She's not unconscious. She was has a hemotoma (sp?) they believe resulting from her treatment in Germany. The AP reporter has a call in to Dominick just to see how he's doing. She said if she hears anything about how he's doing, she will let me know. That's very kind of her.
Linda from San Diego and Diane, the court reporter, are both wearing bright pink tops and there's a tiny bit of chat about that.
11:06 am: To answer a comment question, the jury buzzes once when they start and stop deliberating. If they decide to take a break (for what ever reason) that's when we hear a buzz.
I look down at Jennifer Barringer and I see she has a Kindle in her lap.
The AP reporter thought Weinberg's response on the LA Times Blog "Blowback" was a good article.
11:12 am: Thank you readers for correcting my lousy typing. Yes, that is 10:58 am instead of 11:58 am.
11:14 am: There is a bathroom in the jury room. They don't have to leave the courtroom to use the restroom.
11:21 am: Jennifer Barringer give a wave to the reporters and leaves 106. The AP reporter reads the LA Times.
11:23 am: Katie and Lisa go to check out another courtroom. Linda from San Diego and Sherri are reading books. I'm going to try to do some work on getting more of my notes transcribed of closing arguments.
11:33 am: To answer a comment, Jennifer Barringer is a defense attorney, based in New York who worked on the first case and now the second case. Jennifer Barringer did not present any witnesses in either trial. She mostly worked at the computer handling all the defense exhibits. She was not here, in court, the entire time. Sometimes she went back to New York and her associate (who works in her office I believe) Tran Smith, handled the exhibits. I remember early on in the case, back in November or December, Jennifer telling me that this was the biggest case she's ever worked on. That's what I remember. If I'm wrong about that Jennifer, I sincerely apologize.
11:39 am: Sherri says that when she came in, she did not notice the CNN satellite truck. Maybe they moved it, or it's not there anymore. It was huge. Like a big FedEx delivery truck with a very large dish on top.
11:43 am: For those of you who might still like to get on the email notification in case there is a verdict, at the end of each day, I will add your email address to the VERDICT WATCH REQUEST draft email that I have ready. I won't be making any additions during the day, but if a verdict is not reached today, I will add to my list tonight. To get on the list, just send me an email. You will need to write VERDICT WATCH REQUEST in the subject line or your email may not get added.
11:51 am: The bailiff just entered the jury room, but I have no idea what for. It might be to get a space ready for the caterer. Ah, he came out with the cart. It's for the caterer, like I suspected.
11:56 am: It is freezing in this courtroom! I did not bring a sweater today and I'm really regretting it.
12:00 noon: The bailiff just told us to clear the courtroom. We will hear the time buzzer I guess when we return from lunch.
12:38 pm: I've just finished lunch and I'm sitting with Sherri and Linda. To answer a few comment questions, Scout had emergency surgery to clean out a deep infected animal bite on his side. The court clerk uses different caterers to order for the jury. The cold room does not help my knee. It appears to make it worse. It's the AP reporter who said she has a call into Dominick. She has not told me that she's heard anything back yet. I imagine she just called, this morning.
I did NOT notice how the jury was dressed this morning. I was busy typing when they came in. From what I glanced, (quickly mind you) they didn't look any different than they usually do. One of the trial watchers thought they noticed that Juror #11 looked upset when they came out to be addressed by Judge Fidler. I did not see or notice this. I was trying to type (and badly I might add).
12:42 pm: Sherri and Linda from San Diego decide to go outside to get warmed up in the sun. I'll be heading back upstairs in a half our or so. I'm going to work some more on day two of closing arguments. I'm very close to being finished. Once I've got the notes up, I'll put up a notice and a link to the proper entry.
1:25 pm: Interesting. When I get up on the 9th floor, I'm told that around 1:11 pm Juror #10 exited 106 with the bailiff and went into 107. When I arrived on the 9th floor a few moments ago, I saw Juror #13 exit 106 with the bailiff and go back into 107. Wendy stuck her head out of 106 and said "Wait a minute." I have no idea what this is about and will find out as soon as I can.
1:43 pm: I'm back inside the courtroom. Pat Kelly from the PIO says she will ask about seeing the jurors in the hallway. She said it could be something simple like phone calls.
Back in the courtroom it's me, Sherri, Linda, Katie & Lisa. Pat Kelly from the PIO and Lindy from CNN.
Wendy and the bailiff tell us that the jury stopped deliberating at 12:45 pm and resumed at 1:35 pm.
1:56 pm: Pat Kelly tells me they went across the hall so they could be escorted downstairs for a break. (I'm guessing this is a smoke break.)
1:58 pm: The AP reporter arrives in 106 for an update. Lindy is updating her on the deliberation times.
To answer a comment, I don't know about Juror #11. This was just the observation and opinion of one of the other trial watchers. Like I said, I did not observe this.
To answer a comment, they had a smoke break during lunch. This happened while I was in the hallway, waiting to enter 106. This was all during the time they did not deliberate. They can bring the jurors back up inside the courtroom via the route they bring the prisoner's up, and we wouldn't have seen them come back into 106 or 107.
2:25 pm: The AP reporter has to go down to cover the Chris Brown hearing, so she's leaving us. Pat Kelly tells me that Brown's arraignment was moved to the 13th floor in Department 123, Judge Patricia Schnegg. That's going to be a mob scene.
I forgot to mention that when we got into 106, there was a strong, lingering smell of BBQ sauce. I found out that during lunch, the jurors come out of the jury room to eat at the long prosecution/defense table.
2:29 pm: BUZZ! BUZZ! We just got two buzzes! The bailiff just entered the jury room!
2:29 pm: The bailiff exited the jury room with a paper in his hand and I "believe" he handed the paper to the clerk.
The clerk, Diane, peeked out from the back and went back into the chambers area. Wendy just went back into chambers.
The bailiff opened the other part of the inner courtroom doors. (This may not mean anything.)
Wendy is still back in the Judge's chamber's area. She hasn't come back to her desk yet.
Off topic here. For those of you have left supportive comments about my knee, and suggestions, I thought I would let you know that I'm taking Boswellia and Bromelian. Bromelian is a natural enzyme, found in the cores of pineapples. It is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory when taken on an empty stomach. You can take up t0 3,000 milligrams a day for a short period of time.
I deleted the last statement I had up because it was unconfirmed.
2:56 pm: BUZZ! They are now on break.
2:49 pm: We are waiting for whatever is coming.
2:50 pm: Pat Kelly informs us that counsel for both sides have been notified. That was the first thing Wendy did was call them.
At 3:00 pm, they are going to clear the courtroom, so the jury can have a private break. I'm GUESSING that the jurors want to use the whole courtroom. Afterwards, we will be let back in.
It's confirmed now that Pat Kelly was asked to call her boss, Allan Parachini.
2:59 pm: I'm out in the hallway, waiting. The hallway is packed with jurors waiting on other courtrooms. I'm lucky to grab a seat.
3:01 pm: We won't have any idea what this is about until all the attorney's get here and Fidler takes the bench.
3:05 pm: I'm still in the hallway. The alternates just went into 106.
To answer a comment question, I cannot tell you off the top of my head how Juror #11 was leaning in their opinion throughout the trial. I will see if I can get a copy of the jury instructions from Pat Kelly, tomorrow, if we're still here tomorrow. There are quite a few, and most are up on the web.
The hallway quickly gets empty as the bailiff from 108 calls them into that courtroom.
I don't know why Allan Parachini was called. It could simply be that Fidler requested that he be there. That is unknown. There would be two buzzes for a read back or if the jury has a question. It's not necessarily a hung jury at this point.
3:12 pm: The alternates left 106 with what looks like dessert. My best guess on this was, the jurors wanted to have a get together to share some type of dessert.
3:13 pm: I've been told with "authority" whatever it was in the bowls was pink-and-white.
3:16 pm: A sheriff exited 106 with a bowl. We stop him and find out it's rainbow sherbet in the bowl. That's what the jurors were snacking on during break.
3:18 pm: Pat Kelly tells me that she was asked by Wendy to call Allan Parachini. He is tied up with the media, outside. So, we don't even know if he called 106 back. It doesn't sound significant to me at this point.
Pat Kelly did confirm that Rianna is not in the courtroom for Chris Brown's arraignment because she was just up there.
3:28 pm: I'm back inside the courtroom. BUZZ! The jury restarted deliberations.
3:30 pm: Pat Kelly tells us that Wendy just told her, that the jury had a question. The question will be addressed tomorrow morning at which time it will be made public.
3:37 pm: When I get home, I will add up the number of hours they deliberated today and add that to my total for the end of court last Wednesday (8 hours, 17 minutes). I'm guessing it will be close to 12 hours total, or a little under that amount, depending on when the final buzz is heard today.
3:42 pm: It's very quiet in the courtroom now. Sherri went home. It's now just me, Linda from San Diego, Lindy from CNN and Pat Kelly from the PIO office. Oh, and of course the bailiff, Wendy and various staff members in the back, behind the scenes, like the court reporters, and other assistant clerks.
3:46 pm: To answer some comment questions, I don't know how many hours the jury deliberated in the first trial. The time was spread out over, I think, more than 2 weeks time. The jury normally goes until 4:00 pm. They went home early that one Friday.
3:54 pm: Terri Keith from Citi News drops in. She says the Chris Brown hearing is over. Not guilty plea. Mark Geragos was there. Terri Keith said the hearing was "Crowded and brief."
3:55 pm: BUZZ! The jurors have stopped deliberating for the day.
Pat Kelly says court resumes tomorrow morning at 9:30 am.
3:59 pm: The jury door opened a crack. "There he is! We're ready!" I heard that coming from the jury room. As the jury exits, some wave goodbye salutations to Wendy. I hear laughter as they exit the courtroom.
And that's it. See y'all tomorrow!
Note: The afternoon break was from 3:00 pm to 3:25 pm.