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Stacy St. Clair
Chicago Tribune reporter. Forever in need of a good book, a strong verb and caffeine.
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Stacy St. Clair 1h
Prosecutors have their strongest day of the trial and rest case after expert testifies Van Dyke wasn't justified in shooting Laquan McDonald
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Stacy St. Clair 2h
No, but she didn’t realize that. She isn’t a lawyer or a cop.
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Stacy St. Clair 6h
Replying to @KMcDill
I really want people to know this.
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Stacy St. Clair 7h
Replying to @ReallyLaLa1
No
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Jason Van Dyke smiled before he noticed his wife crying and tried to comfort her. He clearly knew directed verdicts are rare.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
With court dismissed for the day, Jason Van Dyke is now sitting in the gallery with his wife and comforting her as she cries.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Jason Van Dyke’s wife, Tiffany, crying in the courtroom and being comforted by family after judge denies the directed verdict.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Replying to @GeorgianaGBK
No.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Replying to @ReallyLaLa1
Nope. Back Monday
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Judge just told them they don’t have to be back until Monday and several broke into smiles
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Prosecution rests. One juror looks visibly surprised, the rest are stone-faced as usual.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Jury is being called back into the courtroom, where the prosecution will formally rest.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Replying to @TedMcClelland
Two weeks at the earliest.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Judge Gaughan denies the directed verdict -- as they almost always do - so the defense will begin presenting their case Monday.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Prosecutor Joseph Cullen says while it was necessary to arrest Laquan McDonald, it wasn't necessary to kill him or injure him to arrest him.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Prosecutor Joseph Cullen says an officer's authority to kill an individual is limited.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Replying to @davetz76
Asks the judge to declare Jason Van Dyke not guilty
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Dan Herbert says no evidence in this case shows Jason Van Dyke acted outside his lawful authority.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Herbert tells the judge that evidence presented by the prosecution shows Van Dyke did not intend to kill or seriously injure Laquan McDonald. He wanted to eliminate a threat and protect himself and his partner.
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Stacy St. Clair 8h
Jason Van Dyke attorney Dan Herbert is asking for a directed verdict. The jury does not hear these arguments.
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