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Friday, October 24, 2014

Oscar Pistorius sobbed his way through first night in prison


Oscar Pistorius, whose penchant for turning on the waterworks punctuated much of his murder trial, spent his first night in a South African prison loudly sobbing, according to a local report.

“You could hear him. Shortly after the door closed you could hear the tears. He was torn up. Broken. The crying went on and on,” according to The Times of South Africa, quoting an unnamed source.

“It was really bad,” the source said.

Other reports have surfaced over the athlete’s initial night behind bars on Tuesday, saying the double-amputee appeared confused and nervous after his arrival at Kgosi Mampuru II prison.

Earlier Tuesday, the sprint runner had been sentenced to five years imprisonment for shooting to death girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. But he could serve as little as 10 months behind bars.

“It gets everyone the first time, but he has the jitters bad,” another source told The Times.

“He’s really tense and stressed. The fact that he can’t do what he wants, when he wants, and eat what he wants, is hitting him hard. It’s clear his imprisonment hasn't hit home yet,” the paper reported.

Pistorius frequently sobbed during his televised murder trial, sometimes becoming so overwrought that legal proceedings were suspended so he could compose himself.

Source - Daily News
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jodi Arias Trial Unexpectedly Halted


PHOENIX -- The Jodi Arias penalty retrial was halted for unexplained reasons Thursday afternoon.

"Ladies and gentleman, we do not need you for the rest of the afternoon," Judge Sherry Stephens told jurors after the afternoon recess.

After a sidebar conversation with lawyers, Stephens explained, "The reason we don't have court is because of a matter that is outside the control of any of the parties. You should not blame anyone for the fact that we cannot proceed this afternoon."

The judge inexplicably asked one juror, No. 17, to stay and apparently met privately with the juror and the attorneys. When Stephens and the lawyers emerged from the meeting, there was no additional explanation for the delay and court adjourned for the day.

The delay follows the dismissal this week of two jurors. The jury panel now includes 16 people -- 12 jurors plus four alternates -- to decide whether Arias will be sentenced to life imprisonment or death in the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. A jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder in 2013, but deadlocked during the sentencing phase, prompting the penalty retrial.

"If they go below 12 it's a mistrial," legal analyst Jeffrey Evan Gold told HuffPost.

Former police detective Esteban Flores told reporters on his way out of court Thursday that no jurors were dismissed. However, Gold said that "doesn't mean that one won't be dismissed."

"If the juror had a family emergency, why wouldn't the judge say so? That happens all the time, but it didn't happen here," Gold continued. "The juror went into chambers to discuss something and when a court does things that are so secretive, it makes you wonder."

The incident comes on the heels of Wednesday's dismissal of juror No. 9, after journalist and legal analyst Beth Karas told the judge she was approached outside the courtroom by the juror. Karas said the juror, an unidentified woman, was not wearing her juror badge and asked her if she was Nancy Grace.

Michigan girl, 15, charged with conspiring to kill her family


(Reuters) - A 15-year old Michigan girl was arraigned on Thursday on charges that she stabbed her younger brother and plotted to kill the rest of her family in their home while her boyfriend texted her instructions from outside, prosecutors said.

Roksana Sikorski, who was charged as an adult, is accused of stabbing her brother, 12, multiple times and planning with her boyfriend, Michael Rivera, 23, to kill the rest of her family at their suburban Detroit home and run away together, prosecutors said.

"The alleged actions of this defendant and her co-defendant, to conspire to kill her entire family, are truly haunting," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.

Sikorski is charged with one count of assault with intent to commit murder, four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of felonious assault and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

She appeared on Thursday in Wayne County District Court in Plymouth Township. She is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.

Sikorski is accused of entering her family's house in Plymouth Township on Oct. 17, stabbing her brother in the throat and trying to stab her sister, Worthy said. The family fled and the boy was taken to a hospital, Worthy said.

ER doctor testifies in John Goodman retrial


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - An emergency room doctor who saw John Goodman after a deadly crash in 2010 was among the witnesses called on Day 11 of the polo mogul’s retrial.

Goodman was driving a Bentley that hit Scott Wilson's car in 2010. Wilson's vehicle went into a canal and he drowned. A jury found Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter in 2012 but Goodman was awarded a new trial because of juror misconduct.

Wellington Regional Hospital ER Dr. Adam Bromberg said he did not document a smell of alcohol coming from Goodman.

But Dr. Bromberg says just because he did not write it down, it doesn't mean there wasn't a smell of alcohol -- it just means it wasn't relevant to his medical care.

The defense claims Goodman drank most of the alcohol after the crash. But prosecutors say he would have been much more impaired at the hospital if that was the case.

“Did Mr. Goodman show signs of rapid consumption of alcohol in rapid time frame before seeing you?” the doctor as asked. “Not that I documented,” he answered.

“Is that something you would have documented if he was sick from binge drinking?” he was asked. His answer: “Sure.”

A pharmacologist also took the stand Thursday morning. He testified about the hydrocodone Goodman was taking and how it may have interfered with the alcohol.

Closing arguments could begin on Monday.

Source - WPTV
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