Update: 5:12 PM
WESH has just confirmed that these two motions will be discussed at tomorrow morning's hearing.
I just read on the WESH FaceBook page that there will be a hearing at 8:45 tomorrow morning.
From what I understand, there are two new motions which have been filed.
The first is from Ann Finnell and does not necessarily need to be heard tomorrow.
Motion for Additional Costs Related to the Engagement of a Confidential Mental Health Expert to Assist in Exploring Mitigating Factors
According to Finnell,
4. The confidential mental health expert has already performed some forensic testing and submitted approximately $2000 to the JAC, which has been reviewed and approved.
5. Based on the confidential mental health expert's background, training, expertise and experience he/she must continue to explore important mitigating factors in response to the State's pursuant of the death penalty in this case.
The defense had originally asked for a $7500 cap on these expenses, but only received a cap of $2500.
The Motion to approve Hourly Rate and or Costs For Video Conferencing seems to have been filed by Michelle Medina.
Apparently, there are witnesses the defense needs for hearings on the 2nd, 3rd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th of March. It seems that the defense wants to use teleconferencing for the hearings and somehow the system in the courthouse cannot be used for this purpose. There are also no JAC rates in the 9th District for such expenses and the defense needs this by next week, for starters.
This is most likely what will be heard tomorrow, but, at this point, I'm guessing!
So, it would seem we have to be up early in the morning tomorrow, especially on the Left Coast if we want to find out what's going on!