The gloves flew off as Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown traded blows in their final debate before the November election.
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The defense is now seeking to prevent the use of a synchronized compilation of videos of the shooting made by the prosecution at trial.
The defense for Johannes Mehserle is trying to prevent former BART Police Officer Tony Pirone’s use of a racial slur shortly before the shooting from being brought up at trial, according to documents made public today by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Jury selection in the second-degree murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who shot unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, began today amidst extraordinary steps to protect the privacy of jurors.
Judge Robert Perry ruled that Grant family attorney John Burris is subject to the gag order covering trial participants, even though he is unlikely to be called as a witness in the trial.
Potential jurors in the second-degree murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who shot unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, will be asked questions about their attitudes towards race relations and police officers, according to a document released today by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Mehserle’s defense attorney, Michael Rains, had asked to subpoena Grant family attorney John Burris, saying that Burris could provide “testimony concerning threats or intimidation” of witnesses who “may be reluctant to give testimony which would ostensibly be helpful to Mr. Mehserle and harmful to Mr. Grant.”