T Minus 350
May 10, 2010. There was an appreciable murmur in the courtroom when Judge Weisberg announced the date. Two months for the trial and deliberation means the verdict could come down close to the 4th anniversary of Robert’s murder.
Ben Razi, Kathy Wone’s attorney summed it up saying that “continued delays are upsetting.” The Wone family has waited nearly three years already.
On Friday, after all too many delays, the countdown began for real.
Who is this a setback for? Was May 2010 good news for the defendants?
That would all depend on what your definition of “good” is.
For the next 12 months they will walk the streets of DC always aware of being on Glenn Kirschner’s radar. They know that every status hearing, filing and update will be examined under ever increasing scrutiny. They will continue to pay dearly for these delays spending untold thousands of dollars on attorneys.
How can any of that be good?
We were somewhat taken aback when Judge Weisberg reached for his May calender. “May 10th,” he said. The three of us who attended exchanged glances, sighed, then turned our attention back to the proceedings. At adjournment we filed a bulletin, talked with some reporters and then hustled back home to bang out the post, our 130th.
The first post went up in December when the original indictment was still fresh in everyone’s mind and the stench of this crime was becoming more obvious.
That was six months ago; the Wone family’s odyssey began nearly three years ago. Ours, far shorter and far less arduous ends with theirs.
We can do the next 12-14 months standing on our heads. We’re not even done yet with picking apart the affidavit.
It is our sincere hope that AUSA Glenn Kirschner is in for the long haul as well. Bernie Grimm too for that matter; he’s certain to keep us entertained.
By the numbers. The first and hopefully last wmrw.com index:
Days since Robert Wone’s murder: 1,028
Days since defendants were known to be looking for the intruder: 1,028
Days that passed until the first indictment: 818
Days since the indictment was handed down: 210
Days until the trial begins: 350
Days between the murder and trial: 1,377
Days until the September 11 status hearing: 108
Attorneys working for the defense: 4
Prosecutors who’ve handled this case: 3
MPD mishaps: We’re still trying to add them all up.
Journalists we’ve spoken with: +/- 25
Gay bloggers we’ve reached out to: Dozens
Gay bloggers who’ve posted: 6
Gay editorials critical of this project: 1
wmrw.com posts: 133
Comments: 3, 560
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