Judge Belvin Perry ruled on two motions today. The first is the Order Denying Amended Motion For Hearing On The Unreliability Of Expert Opinion Testimony Of Dr. Hall. This finally puts to rest the defense arguments that Dr. Hall cannot give his opinion based on his experience as a botanist.
The Court stands by its prior finding that Dr. Hall will present pure opinion testimony at the trial based on his training and experience, and no hearing is warranted. The jury will be entitled to determine the credibility and reliability of his opinion, which it may accept or reject.
So, as is true in many trials, there will be dueling experts with the members of the jury deciding who to believe. If Judge Perry said it once, he has now said it at least three times!
The second one, the Order Denying Motion For Reconsideration Regarding Motion To Exclude Stain In Trunk Of Car should let Mr. Baez know that he wasn't confused at the hearing when the original motion was argued.
Yesterday, Perry ruled that the Chloroform and computer searches could come in. In his Order, Perry went all the way back to the first use of the science involved in 1900. In essence, the science of GC/MS is well established in the scientific community. What is up for discussion will be the professional opinions of Dr. Arpad Vass vs. Dr. Kenneth Furton.
All we have left now is the motion to exclude Dr. Vass' air samples which indicate the possibility of a decomposing body having been in Casey Anthony's car.
Today, it was announced that the next status hearing is scheduled for Monday, May 2 at 9:30 AM.
"Muito obrigado" to FRG for keeping me up to date. I've been ducking onto the Internet between waves of thunder storms for the past couple of days. Fortunately, we haven't had any tornados.
I also hope all our readers who live in affected states are safe and sound.
See you all in court Monday!