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    Criminal trial scheduling including pre-trial hearings, conferences

    Right to speedy trial waived and waiver granted:

    http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/st-...aiver-granted/

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    Hello Analytical,

    It is good to see you.

    IMO, the blood of Sheri, Gavin and Garrett cry out for the death penalty. The article you mentioned had the following:

    >>1.) The defendant has been convicted of murdering two or more individuals and the deaths were the result of an intent to kill more than one person.

    2.) That the murdered individuals were under 12-years of age and the deaths resulted in exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty.

    3.) That the murders were committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner pursuant to a preconceived plan, scheme or design to take a human life by unlawful means, and the conduct of the defendant created a reasonable expectation that the death of a human being would result.<<

    I believe that the above will be found to be yes, yes and yes.
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    I guess that answers our question about whether Illinois would impose a DP case.

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    Status hearing set for August 26

    http://www.bnd.com/breaking_news/story/888747.html

    In addition, BND reports "The next court action in the case is a status hearing set for Aug. 26."

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    Hey there Analytical,

    Thanks for the update article.

    I was looking up what a status hearing is (Aug 26th). It appears...

    >>A status hearing is when the judge brings the lawyers and / or parties to court to go over the case management issues, such as time to complete discovery, outstanding motions, deadlines, time lines to trial, etc.

    You should be prepared to tell the judge where the case is in the litigation process, and what other things you plan to do before trial.<<

    It also seems that a plea can be changed at the status hearing. I don't think that is likely in this case, although who knows? If CC were to plead guilty, perhaps he could miss the death penalty and just take 3 life sentences without the possibility of parole. If he continues to court it is a crap shoot, I suppose. I can't imagine that CC thinks he will get off, but perhaps he figures he has to try -- the alternatives are not pretty.

    Any specific thoughts on the case recently Analytical?

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    I don't think Coleman plans to plead guilty, ever. His best chance for a long life is the death penalty. If he's given LWOP (or even a chance at parole), he'll be put in the general prison population. He might not last long, and it would not be a quick or pleasant death.

    If he's under the DP, he's in segregation, his physical safety assured. He could outlive every single person in the case: his own parents, Sheri's family, Joyce Meyer. He could live a quiet, secluded life with zero responsibilities and the guarantee of a quick and relatively painless death--whenever that comes around.

    No, he won't be pleading guilty.

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    Hallo Gang,

    Anyone going to the status hearing today?
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    WATERLOO -- The attorney defending Christopher Coleman said in a hearing on Wednesday that he became involved in the case within hours of the murders of Coleman's wife and sons.

    "I want to make clear that we have been involved within hours of the occurrence, not the charges, the occurrence," said William Margulis, who, along with his father Art Margulis, is representing Coleman.

    William and Art Margulis are scheduled to attend a class on Oct. 29 so they can be certified to handle Illinois capital cases, a requirement implemented under former Gov. George Ryan's reforms enacted in 2001. Art and William Margulis both said they expect certification after the course completion.


    Christopher Coleman sits in a police car at the Columbia Police Department after he was charged in May with the murder of his wife and two children. - Zia Nizami/BND
    Art Margulis represented a defendant in a capital case in Macoupin County, but he said it was before lawyers were required to be certified.

    Coleman responded to questions by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton, saying he was being treated well in Monroe County Jail, that his representation was "excellent" and that his attorneys "frequently" visited him to discuss the case.

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    http://www.bnd.com/372/story/897491.html

    It is what it is, I spose.

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    "The next status hearing for Coleman is scheduled for Nov. 13. The pretrial is scheduled for Jan. 6.

    The trial is expected to begin next spring or summer."

    Source: Belleville News Democrat

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    Coleman asks for free lawyers, says he is too poor

    Christopher Coleman says he is too poor to pay his legal fees and is asking a judge to declare him indigent.

    Coleman, 32, lists his total debts and liabilities at $243,000, according to an affidavit filed on Thursday. The affidavit shows Coleman is upside down on the mortgage of his home in Columbia, Ill. The home's value is listed at $195,000. It currently has a $240,000 mortgage.

    If a judge is convinced Coleman has no money, he could get access to the Illinois Capital Litigation Fund to pay the costs of his legal defense.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...55AF0E727E8625
    Coleman asks judge to rule he is poor; wants money from fund to pay for lawyers

    http://www.bnd.com/news/crime/story/909157.htm

    Everything I say is Only My Opinion along with a bunch of links to public information - for me, that's what sleuthing is all about!

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    Let him have a public defender!

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    Coleman will plead guilty

    His father, who is the pastor of Grace Church in Chester, Ill., will finally "see the light" of the enormity of the evidence and convince Chris (aka, the Beast) to plead guilty and alocute in open court as to the circumstances of the slaughter. That is the only way he will avoid the death penalty. KTBA. My sign off of KTBA stands for KeepTheBeastAlive. It is a message to the jailers of the beast to watch over him carefully to prevent an early exit from this earth by this vile beast. KTBA

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