Pre-Trial Hearings & Discussion

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  1. Columbo

    Columbo New Member

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  3. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    I found this because I had read in other articles prior to the one you have posted Columbo that this may happen.

    Here is the speculation that I have found (it supports earlier articles referring to Testa IIRC):

    http://theendofthestory.facesofthemissing.org/category/california/melissa-huckaby/#postTabs_ul_262



     
  4. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Found this one Columbo:

    http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090421/A_NEWS/904210310

    When Van Oss was a prosecutor he won a death sentence against Vinod "Pete" Patel. A Court of Appeal overturned that conviction on the argument that Van Oss had tainted the conviction by making a secret deal with the key witness.

    From what I've just read this morning about Van Oss, it's a good thing he recused himself. He has a lot of his own professional baggage. JMHO
     
  5. Columbo

    Columbo New Member

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    Thanks for all this research, Kat!
    Wow--it is a good thing he recused himself. At least he knows he has got all this baggage, as you say.
    Just when you think it couldn't get more strange, this case takes another twist and turn...and I'm sure there are more to come.
    What did Alice in Wonderland say? It gets curiouser and curiouser?
     
  6. arielilane

    arielilane Justice for Morgan

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    Updated: 4/20/2009 at 4:45pm
    Next Scheduled Hearing: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm in Department 35.
    NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA
    April 15, 2009
    The staff of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County has been inundated by phone calls from various press and media agencies seeking information about high profile cases.
    The following case(s) have been deemed "extraordinary" under California Rule of Court 2.503(e).
    PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, Plaintiff
    Vs
    Melissa Huckaby, Defendant
    Case Number: SF111539A​
    Beginning April 20, 2009, the Court intends to make information related to this case (i.e., court case documents) available on this website. The primary purpose of this website is to provide the public with up-to-date and immediate information regarding high-profile court cases. The secondary purpose is to reduce the number of telephone inquiries to the Superior Court seeking information and/or documents. This website should be the public's primary and immediate source of information.
    http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_notice.htm
     
  7. Columbo

    Columbo New Member

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    Thank you for posting this site. I have bookmarked it.
     
  8. tapu

    tapu Pretty scary.

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    Thanks, Ariel... :)

    That's pretty efficient of them. Is this a common practice I just don't know about?
     
  9. arielilane

    arielilane Justice for Morgan

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    http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_notice.htm

    April 22, 2009
    NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA:
    The further arraignment in the case People of the State of California v. Melissa Huckaby (case number SF111539A) has been scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm in Department 35 of the main Stockton Courthouse located at 222 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA 95202.
    All media requests received for this hearing have been denied. No cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the courtroom. Please see the order issued by Hon. Linda L. Lofthus.
    Because of the high public interest and our limited seating capacity, all media personnel may not be able to get into the courtroom.
     
  10. arielilane

    arielilane Justice for Morgan

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    NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:

    Due to limited courtroom seating, there will a drawing held at the courthouse for the remaining audience seats.
    1. Members of the public are to check-in on Friday, April 24 at 11:00 am at the Clerk’s Office in Room 303 (Third Floor).
    2. At the time of check-in, one ticket per person present will be issued.
    3. The drawing will take place at 12:00 noon at the Clerk’s Office in Room 303 (Third Floor).
    4. Tickets must be presented prior to entering the courtroom and ticket numbers will be checked against the master list.
    5. Entry into the courtroom will begin after the media have been seated (media seating begins at 12:15p.m.)
    NOTICE TO THE MEDIA:

    9 seats have been designated for local media organizations. Each organization has been allotted one seat. They are as follows:
    Tracy Press
    Stockton Record
    Manteca Bulletin
    Sacramento Bee
    KOVR-TV (local CBS affiliate)
    KCRA-TV (local NBC affiliate)
    KXTV-News10 (local ABC affiliate)
    KTXL-Fox40 (local FOX affiliate)
    Univision, Channel 19
    An additional 17 seats will be designated through a drawing held at the courthouse. Those media organizations interested in having a guaranteed courtroom seat for one of their journalists should follow the below procedures:
    http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_notice.htm
     
  11. SeriouslySearching

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    The arraignment is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Friday.

    Judge Linda Lofthus, who now presides over the case, signed an order on Tuesday to bar video, still cameras and audio recorders inside the courtroom during the hearing.

    Huckaby entered no pleas during her first arraignment last week, where a judge read the charges against her: Murder with special circumstances of rape by instrument, kidnapping and lewd and lascivious acts on a child.

    http://www.tracypress.com/pages/ful...widget=push&instance=home_news_bullets&open=&
     
  12. Superllama

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    Does anyone think she'll actually plead guilty? I hope she does. Sandra's family, as well as MH deserve some sort of admission so this can be put to rest.
     
  13. Recovering-Lurker

    Recovering-Lurker I'm Back and on My Best Behavior

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    Grrr... I want to see her quivering chin again. Whaa! Poor me.
     
  14. EmMomma

    EmMomma Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult

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    I *hope* she will.
    ITA that the families deserve that...it would be a very small start, IMO.
     
  15. MCDRAW

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    I hope she will plead guilty but I doubt she does.
     
  16. SeekingJana

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    From what I read last night, no plea is expected to be entered today either. :confused:
    I didn't know a person or their attorney could negate the right to a speedy trial by holding up judicial process.
    Is it possible that no plea will be entered again?
    Would the defense be asking for other types of psych. evals, if this is true?

    Thanks,
    Maria
     
  17. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    I'll be offline today during the arraignment, I have something I must take care of...

    If there is live coverage outside of the courtroom and someone watches, please post...TIA
     
  18. Salem

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    Interesting. I thought she had to enter a plea if she had hired/or been appointed an attorney. The attorney can ask for a postponement in order for time to consult with the client, but I would think then, the arraignment would be rescheduled?

    I have not seen anything about this arraignment being rescheduled?

    Salem
     
  19. SeekingJana

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    I thought a plea had to be entered also, Salem. I'm going with the defense entering a not guilty if a plea does have to be entered.
     
  20. Mouser

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    As far as not entering a plea, there are many ways it can be postponed--again and again. I know someone who was charged with a horrible crime not too long ago, here in CA, and her attorney postponed the plea for months and months. There were many hearings, but no plea. I'm not familiar with all the nuances of the justice system, so I'm not clear how they managed this, but they did. Not entering a plea is no indication of guilt or innocence--it would be a stretegic move in the best interest of the defendent.
     
  21. SeriouslySearching

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    I would say they will go ahead and enter a plea of Not Guilty unless the defense attorney wants to use either him coming into the case late or her psychological testing etc. being a reason to put it off again. He can come up with all kinds of excuses to not enter a plea and drag it out, but I am not sure it would be in her best interest at this point.

    It appears the longer this continues...the more crimes are piling up on her. I would say he needs to get this thing done before the avalanche hits.
     

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