A minor speedbump was averted in the Redwood City courtroom today when a motion by Dorn Weinberg to have evidence excluded was denied.
Weinberg wanted the testimony of one victim disallowed because (so says Wineberg) that what happened to the youngster was not groping—the victim is prepared to testify that the good doctor stood behind him and used the "back of his hand" to grope him.
Definition of grope: Pronunciation: \ˈgrōp\ Function: verb Inflected Form(s): groped; grop·ing Etymology: Middle English, from Old English grāpian; akin to Old English grīpan to seize Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1 : to feel about blindly or uncertainly in search (grope for the light switch) 2 : to look for something blindly or uncertainly (grope for the right words) 3 : to feel one's way transitive verb 1 : feel up 2 : to find (as one's way) by groping.
As I wrote on the William Ayres Watch blog comments, I don’t see anywhere that groping means palm toward the object/item being groped. Nor can I in all of my years of practice as an RN recall a physician giving a physical exam with the back of his hand …
Later in the day, the prosecution moved to have three illustrated books that were found in Ayres’ storage locker introduced into evidence. The books are thought to be antique medical or pseudo-medical books. One book is called “The Sex Book” and has a picture of naked children on the cover. Certainly the defense will go nuts over this one!
Jury selection resumes tomorrow. Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 23. There is no new news regarding the banishment of reporter Victoria Balfour, who was instrumental in getting victims to come forward in this case, from the courtroom.
Please check out the William Ayres Watch blog, and its most recent entry.