October 10th, 2012
On Wednesday, there was a pretrial hearing in the Gerhard Becker case in Dept. 30 that I was unable to attend. It's been quite busy with Mr. Sprocket's business and I've had to help out.
One of Mr. Sprocket's specialties is engineering, maintaining and repairing refrigeration systems on commercial fishing boats. He was down at the San Pedro Harbor since last Friday, working almost 24/7 on a couple of "squid" boats. These boats have 55 ton holds that need to keep their catch at a certain temperature. To keep the work going (and get the boats back on the water as soon as possible) I helped out by picking up parts and delivering them to the harbor.
At the last court date in September, the preliminary hearing was supposed to start on October 10th with an assigned courtroom. I heard through the grapevine that the prelim would be delayed again for another 30 days Many thanks to Elizabeth Martinez of the court's Public Information Office who obtained the next court date for me. Next pretrial hearing (and potential preliminary hearing) is November 13th, at 8:30 AM in Dept. 30. It's expected a courtroom will be assigned on that date.
Because I've been helping Mr. Sprocket, I have not had the time to write up my extensive notes on the Goodman October 3rd hearing in Dept 122 at the Van Nuys Courthouse. As you may have heard on the news, Goodman's attorney, Alison Triessl told the press that her client passed a lie detector test. I believe she has also said she passed the information onto the district attorney's office.
While I was waiting on boat parts, one of the supply houses had a TV on in their lobby. Alison Triessl, Goodman's daughter Allison Rogers, and a man whose name I missed hearing, were in studio on Anderson Cooper's show, Anderson Live on Tuesday, talking about how Goodman passed a lie detector test given by a former FBI agent. I believe Triessl also stated the test was re verified by another former FBI agent. Triessl told Cooper that her client was asked by police to take a lie detector test but Goodman was advised by different counsel at the time not to take it.
Goodman is out on a $500,000.00 bond, confined to her home with ankle monitoring and limited travel. I'm wondering if Goodman's travel restrictions were more lenient, would she have been in studio with her counsel.
When I do find the time to write up my notes on this hearing (probably over the weekend) I will share my thoughts on why I prefer the accuracy of truth wizards over lie detector machines.
The next pretrial hearing is scheduled for November 8th, where a pretrial hearing date may be set.