There’s no shortage of legal stories to chat about. It looks as though the Colorado Theater Trial will end sooner than the attorneys predicted. The State will wrap by June 23; the defense will start around June 25 and is now expected to take only two weeks, not four. That means the jury could be deliberating in July. If it goes to a penalty phase, the trial could end before the summer ends. That’s quite a difference from the September/October months the judge had originally told jurors to be prepared for, and is a refreshing break from the extended trials we’ve seen in the past few years.
Pedro Hernandez will be back in a New York City courtroom on June 10 to set a new trial date. He’s accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in lower Manhattan on May 25, 1979 as Patz was walking to the school bus. Last month a jury deadlocked 11 to 1 for conviction after months of trial.
In Washington, D.C., Ingmar Guandique, serving 60 years for murdering Chandra Levy in May 2001, has reportedly been granted a new trial. It appears the government ultimately agreed to the new trial based on discrepancies in the testimony of a former cellmate of Guandique who claimed that Guandique confessed the murder to him in 2006. The court has set a status conference for June 12.
What’s on your mind?
I hope everyone has a restful weekend.