Good Afternoon, Brothers and Sisters!
I checked my Tumblr dashboard and clicked on one of my followers’ links to their blog (http://somethingreallyirrelevant.tumblr.com/post/89162387237). P.S- If you follow this link or any Tumblr link, beware because non-Christian Tumblr blogs seem to be very worldly in speech, etc.
Here’s what I came across:
United States v. Tsarnaev: Summary of the Fifth Status Conference on June 18, 2014
Today’s hearing began at 10am and lasted just under 40 minutes, which is an about average length from what we’ve seen so far. Judge O’Toole began by ruling on several pending issues before moving on to matters of scheduling. O’Toole still seems very dead-set on keeping the currently set November trial date, though the defense fears they will not have enough time to prepare for that date and will likely file a continuation request before the trial begins.
SAMs restrictions: Still in place. Additionally, the prosecution can still have FBI agents in the room during the defendant’s visits, but they have to be agents from another district (ergo, no agents on this case or connected to this case get to be in the room.
Public leaks: Judge O’Toole was not impressed with the public leaks (by government officials) seen in this case. He did not decide to impose sanctions – as requested by the defense – as “having a hearing on leaks at this time would simply make matters worse”, but warned that he would not be happy if he saw it again.
“Betrayal of the United States” factor: Judge O’Toole sided strongly with the defense on this matter, striking down “betrayal of the United States” as aggravating factor in favor of the death penalty, citing it as “highly inappropriate” and “obnoxious”.
Suppression motions: Judge ruled that a hearing or ruling on this matter was not necessary at this time because the government does not plan to use the defendant’s hospital statements as part of their core case.
- The trial will be divided into two phases, the guilt phase and the penalty phase. The same jury will be used for each, although jury members will not be told they are being brought back for the second phase until it happens.
- In phase 2, the jury will decide between life in prison or death.
- During the penalty phase, the government plans to show evidence that the defendant “aided and comforted” enemies of the United States.
- The prosecution and the defense disagree on the timing of expert witness disclosure. The defense wants to disclose guilt phase experts and penalty phase experts separately (citing the 5th Amendment as reasoning for not wanting to disclose penalty phase experts), and the prosecution wants to do it all at once. No final ruling by the judge on this matter as of now.
A sixth status conference has been scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014.
So the good part is that it is the life-in-prison phase OR the death penalty phase- not just the death penalty. Also, some motions seem to have been “struck down” more in Jahar’s favor than the prosecutor’s.
Above all, sisters, remember this: Where there is God, there is hope. Where there is life, there is a Plan! Let’s keep praying and let’s keep in the faith!
Christian love and blessings to you all,