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Defense: 143 videotaped interviews to be reviewed in downtown shooting


A judge this morning postponed a trial for a man charged in a shooting outside a downtown night club to give defense attorneys more time to watch 143 videotaped police interviews with witnesses.Mark Manna, a defense attorney for Rashawn T. Anderson, said the defense received the videos in late November and wouldn't have time to watch them all prior to the Jan. 22 trial."We do feel that we are under an obligation to watch all these DVDs," Manna said.The prosecutor, Assistant Dist. Atty. Trent Krug, objected to the delay, saying that the state only anticipated calling 40 to 45 witnesses and that the interviews were summarized in written reports given to the defense weeks ago.But Judge Paula Martin agreed to Manna's request and scheduled a tentative trial date for March 5.Anderson is charged with shooting and killing Robert Earl Williams, 46, Lawrence, after an argument Feb. 5 on the sidewalk outside The Granada, 1020 Mass.-contributed by [Eric Weslander.][1] [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander


Ragingbear 11 years, 4 months ago

It is one of our legal rights that all accused have access to all evidence and reasonable time to mount their own defense. If there are 145 recordings of witness statements, I would want to at least review them prior to trial, and frankly sorting those things would take a small team months to properly dissect the statements for useful information.

Baille 11 years, 4 months ago

But Ragingbear, surely the defense could trust that the summary reports provided by the police and prosecution were completely objective, right?

Nice try, Mr. Krug, but that line made me smile.

doc1 11 years, 4 months ago

Smitty what is your point. Your statement is confusing.

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