Again, T&T wishes to thank everyone (old and new) who took the time to stop by and read our extensive, in-depth coverage of the Dr. Conrad Murray preliminary hearing. It's for readers like you, who want to know what's going on inside the courtroom and can't attend the trial personally that we endeavor to do this type of coverage.
As far as my trial notes for the prelim go, please note that I have some personal responsibilities to catch up on, but I do plan on getting the rest of the detail testimony for Day 1 and Day 2 up on the blog as well as perform a complete edit of the remaining days as soon as possible. Please keep checking back for those updates.
As far as covering the actual trial, at this time I see that as a remote possibility. There is no guarantee at this time that I will get a reserved seat. Like I've said before, there are many, many respected journalists who's job it is to cover the criminal court beat. They are there in this courthouse on a daily basis covering trials. It's my belief that these reporters in the MSM will have a much better shot at getting a reserved seat inside the courtroom than I will. I don't have a national news organization standing behind me. And, it's also unlikely that the Public Information Office will have an empty courtroom available for the length of the trial to use as a media overflow room. Empty courtrooms on a regular basis, (considering the time this trial will take) are very hard to find. Also understand that there are no other courtrooms inside this building that are larger that could accommodate the trial.
It helps the T&T writing staff to hear from our readers as to how we are doing and what our readers think of our trial coverage. That feedback helps us decide which trials to attend personally (or to watch an online feed). Understand however, that there are limitations as to what trials T&T staff or myself can personally attend or watch online since we are not paid for the time invested into reporting on a case. If any of you have followed ritanita's Casey Anthony trial coverage, you know that she often times will spend days reading the motions and news reports then further copious time writing her entries on these motions and hearings. She does all that work herself.
Speaking for myself, there are several other upcoming trials that I'm interested in covering.
Grim Sleeper Case (Lonnie David Franklin, Jr.) Next court appearance: 1/31/11 Dept 109.
Cameron Brown retrial (3rd trial) Next court appearance: 2/25/2011 Dept 107.
Stephanie Lazarus Case (25 yr. career police officer accused of killing ex-boyfriend's wife) Next court appearance 2/14/2011 Dept 104.
Westside Rapist Murderer (John Floyd Thomas) Next court appearance: 2/9/2011 Div. 30.
Kelly Soo Park (DDA Alan Jackson's next case) Next court appearance: 2/8/2011 (Date Added 1/22)
I will note at this time that there is a "small, remote possibility" I will go to Orlando to cover "some" of the Casey Anthony case since I have relatives who live in Florida. It's NOT confirmed by any means. Currently, T&T's ritanita is the "go to" person for anything involving the Anthony Case.
Again, many thanks for reading T&T.
1/12/11 9:30 p.m. Day 1's testimony is complete and edited.
1/13/11 11:00 p.m. Day 2, Part 1b has new text added; now complete.
1/14/11 8:45 p.m. All transcripts are up. Not all are completely edited.