Day 4: Updates
She was hit repeatedly on her opinions, credentials (to a degree) and whether she was pressured by the government to identify which knife may have been more consistent with being the actual murder weapon.
Judge Leibovitz questioned her at length on her opinion of Robert being rendered unconscious in the attack – and if so, whether he could have involuntarily responded to the knife wounds. Goslinoski said he would have responded, even if unconscious, to stimuli of some sort.
Leibowitz asked how long Robert could have survived. Goslinoski stuck to her guns that he would have survived for minutes. Leibovitz asked her to quantify how long. “60 minutes?” asked Leibowitz. “No,” “10 minutes?” “Yes,” said Goslinoski, “but not many more than that.”
The trial resumes Monday morning at 9:30am. A full recap of today’s session will go up around 4:00pm.
Bernie Grimm’s cross examination of ME Lois Goslinoski turned out to be an anatomy lesson.
She held her ground as Grimm challenged her finding that did not jibe with his expert cardiac surgeons, Dr. Najam and Dr. Henry Baden. Baden is present this morning, seated in the front row.
Pressed time and time again whether she could rule out their expert opinion that Robert was immediately rendered unconscious or incapacitated, she repeated over and over, “I do not agree.”
Court wraps at 1:45 this afternoon. There is an award ceremony this afternoon at the Department of Justice and apparently AUSA Glenn Kirschner is to be “feted”.
Today’s session gets underway at 11:00am this morning.
Up first will be Joe Price counsel Bernie Grimm’s expected harsh cross examination of DC Deputy Medical Examiner, Dr Lois Goslinoski.
Grimm closed yesterday’s session entering a couple of medical and forensic text books into the record, no doubt to use them later to challenge the M.E.’s work and findings.
Box Seats: We’re still getting used to some of the unexpected cordiality we see around the courthouse. The hallways of Moultrie sees cops, defense attorneys, and prosecutors chatting amiably and enjoying each others’ company. “Cocktails at dusk, pistols at dawn,” as an old boss of mine used to say.
While waiting for the trial to resume yesterday, we took our seats in room 310 as Judge Leibovitz was handling other matters on her calendar. Yesterday it was a couple of guys in orange jump suits and shackles. In one seat that has been reserved for us in the press section, Bernie Grimm was seated, busily working over a document. We slid into two open seats next to him and introduced ourselves. Ward counsel David Schertler grabbed that seat a few moments later and we did the same. Both gentlemen were very pleasant and greeted us with firm handshakes and ready smiles.
On each reserved seat for the media is a sign with the outlet’s name and reporter. We peeled off one of ours that had WMRW.COM in big block letters and offered it to Bernie. “Maybe you want one of these for your scrapbook,” we told him. A genuine laugh followed. It’s business, not personal.
Press Gallery: Our continued thanks to courtroom artist William J. Hennessy, Jr., for letting us pull images of his teriffic work. In Roby Chavez’ piece on WTTG-TV last night, Hennessy’s sketches included his renditions of the sofa bed with the blood stains, Robert’s t-shirt and some unsettling autopsy pictures.
Also of note, Harry’s Jaffe’s 10,000 word feature on Robert’s life and death, from the May edition of Washingtonian magazine is now online in its entirety.