Just Say No…

…To Drug Testing

Earlier this week DC Superior Court Fredrick Weisberg granted an extension to the Wone case prosecutors, giving them more time to respond to the defense’s motion for a bill of particulars.   Defense attorneys had filed this motion demanding more details and information on the case, calling the charges in the indictment “vague.”  The office of Assistant US Attorney Glenn Kirschner has until April 17 to respond.

Judge Weisberg also gave the defendants a small win by ordering they no longer need to submit to weekly drug testing. Defense attorneys Grimm, Schertler, and Connolly argued that the three housemates have been testing negative since they were arrested late last year and further testing isn’t necessary.

As usual, Legal Times’ Mike Scarcella has the goods.  He writes that, “One of the big issues in the case now is whether prosecutors are holding back evidence from the defense. The lawyers recently filed motions to compel discovery.”

The next status conference before Weisberg is on April 24.

-Craig

11 comments for “Just Say No…

  1. TK
    04/01/2009 at 4:57 PM

    Given what happened today with the former Alaska Senator, I hope that the prosecution is not withholding evidence, for their own good.

    The LT article quotes the DC Police as saying “D.C. lawyer Wone was restrained, incapacitated, sexually assaulted, and fatally stabbed…” I remember reading this before, but suddenly I am wondering what evidence there was that he was restrained–I thought there was no sign of bruising on him. If for instance there were signs of restraint on his wrists and ankles… that would not look good for Ward and his array of ‘equipment.’

    • CDinDC
      04/01/2009 at 5:06 PM

      The prosecutor’s office is not required to release all evidence before it’s time. The discovery phase will require that. The criminal case has not reached that phase yet.

    • Anon. in Arlington
      04/02/2009 at 11:55 AM

      I agree with TK regarding the Stevens case. Please dont screw up this case Mr. Kirschner.

  2. TK
    04/01/2009 at 4:57 PM

    Given what happened today with the former Alaska Senator, I hope that the prosecution is not withholding evidence, for their own good.

    The LT article quotes the DC Police as saying “D.C. lawyer Wone was restrained, incapacitated, sexually assaulted, and fatally stabbed…” I remember reading this before, but suddenly I am wondering what evidence there was that he was restrained–I thought there was no sign of bruising on him. If for instance there were signs of restraint on his wrists and ankles… that would not look good for Ward and his array of ‘equipment.’

  3. George
    04/01/2009 at 6:05 PM

    The BLT says there is a motion to compel discovery pending now. It may well be time for the discovery phase.

  4. 04/01/2009 at 7:57 PM

    break out that tina, girls, judge weisberg gave us a reprieve. i am VERY concered that the prosecutors asked for an extension to oppose miss ward’s frivilous motion when already out of time. not the best way to practice law; particularly where the affidavit is neither vague or insufficient. let’s wake up, government attorneys.

  5. CDinDC
    04/01/2009 at 9:51 PM

    Maybe the trio will have another party at Halo to celebrate no more drug testing. Break out the Special K boys. And while your at it, run your mouth to the wrong person.

  6. Nelly
    04/01/2009 at 11:05 PM

    Let’s see if Price and Zaborsky start slimming down again.

  7. David
    04/02/2009 at 8:19 AM

    Drug use can cut both ways. Some of them promote loose lips, others make it easier to conceal the appearance of lying.

  8. David
    04/02/2009 at 8:24 AM

    Ebonics Lesson For Today:
    Use “al-qaeda” in a sentence.
    “If she act like a ho, al-qaeda bitch an’ take her in da kitchen.”

    • CDinDC
      04/02/2009 at 9:35 AM

      Not funny, David. And inapproriate.

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