Press Pass

04/23/2010
By Craig

Covering Today’s Status Hearing And The Trial

Back to room 310 in the Moultrie Courthouse today for another status hearing.  Judge Lynn Leibovitz gavels this one in at 3:00pm.  The room usually fills up so getting there early is a good idea.  Updates on the twitter and here.  Look for a post title that rhymes with ‘Moultrie.’   To be honest, I can’t think of many any.

We’ve gotten to know some really cool people since starting this project and today we’ll meet another, Leah Gurowitz, Public Information Officer for the DC Courts.  Well respected, she’s on speed dial for reporters across town; their court coverage contact.

It was through her office we submitted our request to either live blog or tweet the May 10 trial from the courtroom.  To our surprise, it was the first such request from a non-news organization.

A month-long trial means a lot of time at Judiciary Square.  We’ve got it covered with an elaborate scheme in which each of us calls in sick for the other, for a month straight.  Might work.  [Ed. note: no it won't.  -Doug] The dog ate my PowerPoint?   It will be all  hands on deck.  Maybe we’ll hire an intern.

Intern application, loyalty oath, credit check and rumors after the jump.

If only the rest of the criminal justice system in this city worked as expeditiously Ms. Gurowitz’ office.  Chief Judge Gurowitz?

Judge Leibovitz’ security concerns won’t allow for electronics in the courtroom unfortunately, but she set aside two seats throughout the trial, near the courtroom door so we can make discreet exits to file any bulletins.

Daily, we may file two or three posts during the hearing then toss the afternoon paper on your steps around dinner time.

Unlike the slow and breezy pace of a trial, these status hearings have been sprints. Ninety minutes of writer’s cramp.  Today’s status is littered with motion after motion after motion awaiting Leibovitz’ rulings.

Hanging over all of this is the latest government testing that showed the presence of xylene in Robert’s blood sample.  Any reason to think the defense won’t go absolutely ape over that?

What does that mean for May 10?

Suspect as they may be, rumors of a continuance cropped up, probably because of the late entry of the xylene testing.  I traffic in rumors myself but still keep in mind the old DC saying: those who know don’t talk and those who talk don’t know.  Still, send any and all rumors my way.

Less a rumor and more good news, it appears The Washington Blade may rise again.  In their current incarnation DC Agenda, our thanks to Kevin Naff and the team for the space given us in this week’s issue.

-posted by Craig

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20 Responses to “ Press Pass ”

  1. CDinDC on 04/23/2010 at 8:49 AM

    Poultry.

    Happy Hearing Day.

    • Charl on 04/24/2010 at 6:42 AM

      We could allude to Adultery but what would constitute such in this ménage a trois?
      Or, go for: The cold three meet at Moultrie.

  2. CDinDC on 04/23/2010 at 8:49 AM

    Poultry.

    Happy Hearing Day.

    • Charl on 04/24/2010 at 6:42 AM

      We could allude to Adultery but what would constitute such in this ménage a trois?
      Or, go for: The cold three meet at Moultrie.

  3. Nelly on 04/23/2010 at 10:21 AM

    Will any of the looks from the defendants be sultry? Maybe if Dylan shows up with his shirt unbuttoned and his skin bright red from his Florida escapades.

    • Clio on 04/23/2010 at 2:43 PM

      Sultry poultry at Moultrie? No, on second thought, members of the trouple have not been classified as “poultry” in this century. And, no one has ever seen them as “sultry,” except for, maybe, the IT people at Errant Faux.

      • CDinDC on 04/23/2010 at 3:52 PM

        “Errant Faux”…..I have to use that!

  4. Nelly on 04/23/2010 at 10:21 AM

    Will any of the looks from the defendants be sultry? Maybe if Dylan shows up with his shirt unbuttoned and his skin bright red from his Florida escapades.

    • Clio on 04/23/2010 at 2:43 PM

      Sultry poultry at Moultrie? No, on second thought, members of the trouple have not been classified as “poultry” in this century. And, no one has ever seen them as “sultry,” except for, maybe, the IT people at Errant Faux.

      • CDinDC on 04/23/2010 at 3:52 PM

        “Errant Faux”…..I have to use that!

  5. plumskiter on 04/23/2010 at 10:33 AM

    love the picture. is the dialogue “i’m not saying we won’t get our hair mussed”? don’t get what it has to do with anything here, however. explain?

    • Craig on 04/23/2010 at 10:49 AM

      Plum: I can’t write the phrase “absolutely ape,” without thinking of that sequence.

  6. plumskiter on 04/23/2010 at 10:33 AM

    love the picture. is the dialogue “i’m not saying we won’t get our hair mussed”? don’t get what it has to do with anything here, however. explain?

    • Craig on 04/23/2010 at 10:49 AM

      Plum: I can’t write the phrase “absolutely ape,” without thinking of that sequence.

      • plumskiter on 04/24/2010 at 9:51 AM

        got it! thanks.

  7. Hoya Loya on 04/23/2010 at 11:13 AM

    Two seats near the door? Not bad, considering the restrictions. You should be able to dart in and out between witnesses to tweet.

  8. Hoya Loya on 04/23/2010 at 11:13 AM

    Two seats near the door? Not bad, considering the restrictions. You should be able to dart in and out between witnesses to tweet.

  9. Clio on 04/23/2010 at 2:49 PM

    Will Thomas B. Nasty be drafted for the artist’s renderings?

    Will Needham and Di come for the trial, or will they just wire their support as usual?

  10. Clio on 04/23/2010 at 2:49 PM

    Will Thomas B. Nasty be drafted for the artist’s renderings?

    Will Needham and Di come for the trial, or will they just wire their support as usual?

  11. Clio on 04/24/2010 at 9:31 AM

    Thank you, Doug, for your op-ed in DC Agenda. As an old-school muse, I long for the Blade, but this new venture seems more appropriate for our post-literate world.

    It is a mark of maturity for LGBT identities that openly Uranian individuals can seek the truth, even if it may put one of their former “leaders” in an especially bad light.

    Furthermore, despite Lisa and her ersatz twin Jule Gardner Banville, the truth has slowly emerged, thanks to citizen pundits and private detectives. Thanks to them, I now know that Holder’s plea for everyone to tell everything they know was as much directed at Lisa as at Miss Morgan and the trouple. Thanks to employees such as that, it is no wonder that CNN’s ratings and trust levels have dropped precipitously this year! The Nielsens do not lie.

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