Molloy Suspends Trial
On Friday, February 27, 2009, Judge Molloy filed an order suspending the jury trial and cross-examination of Paul Peronard in light of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling regarding the rights of victim-witnesses. The district court order stated that it would conduct proceedings to make particularized findings with respect to the remaining 26 victim-witnesses expected to testify. The court ordered the government to call each remaining witness, one at a time, to present the entire expected testimony, including possible exhibits each witness might testify about, in order to determine if each witness was a victim-witness for the purposes of the Crime Victims Rights Act. The court ordered the jury to be not present Monday morning for these proceedings, which would be closed to the public and media.
Over the weekend, the United States filed three motions, resulting finally in notice to the district court that none of the 26 victims desired to exercise their rights and the cross-examination of Paul Peronard could continue. Whether we will have a jury this morning is still unknown.
– Nick Lofing (posted 9:02 a.m.)
Posted: March 2nd, 2009 under Law.