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Cathy Russon
Executive Trial Producer at Law & Crime Network, a Dan Abrams production. Opinions are my own.
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Cathy Russon Jan 18
Yes, that's my son, the Keeper, taking out two players from the opposing team at the President's Cup. noahrusson is a rock star, yet the kindest, most…
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Law & Crime Network Jan 17
McStay Family Murder Trial Day 8 Part 5 Arguments Outside of the Jury's Presence
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SuperEmpath🙅‍♀️ Jan 17
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This trial is going to take a year at this rate.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- After about 25 mins of very passionate (yelling, raised voices, interrupted each other) arguments. Court is adjourned until Tuesday. This trial is always dark on Fridays and Monday is a holiday.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- Prosecutor Imes listed off a bunch of names they intend to call next week, "But I guarantee we'll only get through 2 of them." McGee asks for them to email them those names. Imes says they can read it in the transcript. Judge says, you can email them the names.
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Michelle Lorraine Jan 17
Replying to @cathyrusson
These arguments are the best part of watching this trial thus far.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- Maline: We're not going to apolgize for our vigorous cross examination as opposed to what he's characterizing it as (excessive). Judge: I have no quarrel with def or state taking the time they need for questioning.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- McGee - If we're told at 5pm that means we're working with staff on it until 1am at times and no time to consult with our client and that's a problem. I told Mr. Maline he needs to get some sleep. Maline: "I'll just sleep when during Mr. Imes' direct" Laughter.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- Judge; you can give them the next 3-4 people you intend to call knowing the schedule may change. Pros: we've done that every day.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- State: We've given them names at the end of the day for the next day. The problem is the excessive cross examination of witnesses. Scheduling delays occur. I can give him a schedule, it won't be accurate.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- Defense says they only got the highlighted list 2 weeks ago and still receiving info just this week. "The people have not fulfilled their requirement," sites case law saying prosecution has to give defense this info in a timely manner.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- McGee: The state gave us a witness list w/184 people. Defense asked them to give names/addresses, etc.. of highlighted witnesses since they weren't calling everyone.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- Judge: you can't wait until the state calls a witness to then want to have a 30 min argument over it" McGee: We didn't receive a witness list from the people - prosecution interrupts - McGee, "I'M NOT DONE TALKING! AGAIN"
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- The state witness list given had 184 witnesses on it.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- Defense says they're only getting advance notice of the next day's witnesses at 5pm the day before. Attorney James McGee gives example of prosecutors not telling them when they are calling cell phone expert so they can buy a plane ticket for their own to be present.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- Prosecution says due to delays that have happened to due "excessive" cross examination by the defense they are having a hard time accurately scheduling witnesses.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- The defense is complaining that the judge told the prosecution to give the defense a heads up about upcoming witnesses and they haven't done it.
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- The jury has been home. The attorneys have been arguing LOUDLY ever since. Watch Live:
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- State also says the witness will testify that a check from Joseph to Metro Sheet Metal given to Merritt to deliver, was actually spent by Merritt. Defense says checks were made payable to Metro Sheet Metal, how could Merritt spend it?
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Cathy Russon Jan 17
- State wants to call someone from Metro Sheet Metal that worked with Merritt/McStay. Prosecutors wants him to testify about Merritt's 'misrepresentations' about Merritt's work on Paul Mitchell and Saudi Arabia.
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