As It Is When It Was
On August 17, about six weeks after the verdict in the criminal trial, Judge Brook Hedge signed a scheduling order and chose June 13, 2011 as a trial date for the wrongful death civil case.
That didn’t last very long. On September 10, the trial date was pushed back and set for September 12, 2011.
Then at the September 16 status hearing, another change: the trial date was pushed back again and set for October 17, 2011. With the new trial date comes a new scheduling order.
According to an earlier proposal by the plaintiffs, now moot, “Counsel for all parties have been unable to agree, despite their best efforts, on all dates to be contained in a revised schedule…”
Judge Hedge went ahead and laid down her own set of dates anyway. Valentine’s Day, February 14, is the deadline for discovery requests and for the exchange of fact witnesses. June 14 at 9:00am has both sides sitting down for ADR mediation. It was nice of Judge Hedge to plug that in, but can anyone honestly imagine a mediator making any headway? The order with additional deadlines follows.
October 17 remains the trial date. It may seem far away, but just like the criminal trial, we used to think that day would never come, either.