While Lavit and Greene try to whittle away at the wood of the scaffold, the Christian and Newsom families express frustration at the protracted process – the family -through taxes- is basically paying for the entire defense team for the savages that committed every violation possible upon these kids, then killed them- and of course the defense will keep working away as long as the state pays them. In China, I have heard if one gets executed there, they send the family a bill for the bullet.
Meanwhile, as I was writing this the D.A. has approached Judge Baumgartner for a private review
Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price filed a motion Friday asking Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner to conduct a behind-closed-doors review of something in the case and to keep the whole thing under wraps from the defense.
http://www.knoxnews.com/videos/detail/mary-and-hugh-newsom-talk-media/ video- Friday, April 24, 2009. The Newsoms expressed frustration that their attorney was not allowed to present their case and argue for a speedy trial.
“Granting this request would effectively mean the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom could never be prosecuted,” Price said. “One of the four defendants will have to be tried first. Whoever is first could always claim he or she needed to call another co-defendant as a material witness. There would be no end.”
The state has requested that Judge Richard Baumgartner deny two motions, one filed by Letalvis Cobbins’ attorney and another by Vanessa Coleman’s attorney, aimed at delaying Letalvis Cobbins’ trial or dropping charges against Vanessa Coleman.
Attorneys Theodore Lavit and Russell Greene argued that Coleman was immune from prosecution by state authorities because she was compelled to testify about the killings before a federal grand jury that was considering the carjacking aspect of the case. Torture slaying suspect Vanessa Coleman was never granted immunity by federal authorities and willingly gave up her right against self-incrimination, a prosecutor argued in a motion filed today in response to Coleman’s bid to have state murder charges filed against her tossed out.
“After being advised of her rights by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Winck, she proceeded to testify voluntarily and without reservation,” Price wrote. “She never invoked her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination or refused to answer any question.