Both sides rested their case today. All that's left to do is the jury site visit on Monday, September 14th, closing arguments on Tuesday September 15th. Judge Pastor told the jury that they could "possibly" get the case by Tuesday afternoon. It should be noted that the following day, Wednesday September 15th is the court's mandated furlough day and there are several upcoming dates where different jurors have pre-scheduled appointments.
Today, the prosecution called Dr. Chinwah back to the stand in their rebuttal case to clarify what different photographs of Lauren's back actually showed. Detective Leslie was also recalled to the stand to state what actually happened in interviews he conducted with several defense witnesses.
The defense put on a sur-rebuttal witness, Dr. Posey who countered Dr. Chinwah's testimony about what the photographs showed of Lauren's back. That was the last witness to testify.
Judge Pastor went over with jurors how to prepare for the site visit. They are to be on the 9th floor outside 107 at 8:30 am Monday. Pastor specifically gave them suggestions on clothing, footwear, sunscreen, and a hat if needed since there would be time out in the sun. Pastor stated that he would be going to Trader Joe's over the weekend to pick up ample water for the jurors, but if they had some special water or drink that they wanted, they should bring it. Judge Pastor also suggested to the jurors that they bring along snacks (candy, energy bars, etc.), because they may not be returning to the courthouse until as late as 2:00 pm. (All these suggestions were provided to the jurors in written form as they left court.) It wasn't clear to me if the court would provide a late lunch for them or not. They would be away from the courthouse anywhere from four to five hours. Even the availability of restroom facilities was discussed.
Two media outlets requested to participate in the jury site visit: The Daily Breeze and Inside Edition. Inside Edition wanted to video tape the site visit as well as closing arguments. Judge Pastor stated the media could be there at the site visit but denied any video or camera recording during the view. He did agree to having the closing arguments recorded (cameras). I believe that Mr. Brown already agreed days before to waive his right to be there at the site visit.
It's my understanding that the jurors will be taken to five different areas at the site as well as taken out on Inspiration Point. They will be allowed to take notes during the visit. It's my understanding that the jurors will not be taking the same path/route that Brown and Lauren took from the Abalone Cove parking lot to Inspiration Point on the day she died. My guess is that the locations they will visit are: Abalone Cove parking lot; Portuguese Point; Inspiration Point and the archery range where Brown laid his daughter out on the picnic tables. I'm not sure what the fifth location might be. It could be Sacred Cove beach, I don't know.
When my schedule permits, I will be working on getting my trial coverage notes up for the last few days of court that I attended.
Almost forgot to mention this. On Tuesday or Wednesday of this week Cameron Brown's father was overheard saying something to the effect that this trial is costing him a fortune. If true, it would lead one to believe that his parents are contributing to the cost of defending their son.
Brown senior was also overheard to have said something to the effect that his son is being treated horribly by other detainees at the Men's Central Jail, specifically stating that the other inmates urinate on his son. I would not be surprised if this is true. There is a hierarchy within prisons and jails across the country and accused (or convicted) child killers and rapists are at the bottom of the ladder. They are often a target by other detainees or prisoners and in some instances have to be segregated and protected from the general jail or prison population.