Ken Bluew Trial Day 1
9:08
Hey folks, still awaiting the beginning of opening arguments here in the #bluewtrial.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:08 SNAndyHoag
9:09
All the parties are here, in a packed courtroom. All parties except Bluew, that is, who hasn't been brought into the courtroom yet.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:09 SNAndyHoag
9:09
No jury yet, no judge. From the looks of it, Chief Asst Prosecutor Jeff Stroud will be, at the least, beginning the opening argument.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:09 SNAndyHoag
9:10
I've yet to see Mike Thomas & Stroud work together on a trial, so I don't know if their strategy will be to combine for the opening or what.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:10 SNAndyHoag
9:11
As I wrote in my MLive post, Bluew's attorney, Rod O'Farrell, has the right to reserve his opening until after prosecution's proofs.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:11 SNAndyHoag
9:13
Now we're figuring out the logistics of having all the television cameramen set up. All three local TV stations are here.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:13 SNAndyHoag
9:13
We will have live video of the opening argument, whenever it actually gets started.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:13 SNAndyHoag
9:15
There will be a separate post on MLive for the live video.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:15 SNAndyHoag
9:16
@DennisJ35301194 It'll be live on MLive when the opening arguments begin.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:16 SNAndyHoag
9:17
@nboensch Nancy, I'm live now, waiting for opening arguments to begin. I'll be tweeting throughout the trial.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:17 SNAndyHoag
9:20
@tvalentine75 haha, I know. Hopefully this lull as we wait will help me avoid it for the morning.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:20 SNAndyHoag
9:31
@tvalentine75 Good point, sorry. "Proofs" is another word for evidence/testimony.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:31 SNAndyHoag
9:32
The prosecutors have returned from speaking with Judge Jackson. O'Farrell isn't in here yet.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:32 SNAndyHoag
9:33
The court recorder just walked in. That's always a good sign that we're close.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:33 SNAndyHoag
9:34
Judge Jackson enters. Speaking to the public, noting the attention this trial is getting.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:34 SNAndyHoag
9:35
Judge Jackson is asking us media members to go into his chambers for a "nice chat."
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:35 SNAndyHoag
9:50
And we're back. More logistics talk with the judge, making sure everything goes smoothly today and in the future.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:50 SNAndyHoag
9:50
@tvalentine75 Not at all. Just making sure everybody's on the same page for a smooth trial.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:50 SNAndyHoag
9:51
@TrayDei Very much so. There's a separate room being used for overflow.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:51 SNAndyHoag
9:52
Still no sign of Bluew, but we're close.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:52 SNAndyHoag
9:56
@monk1903 It'll be live on MLive as soon as the openings start. We're trying to avoid putting the feed up to watch attorneys sit and wait.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:56 SNAndyHoag
9:56
When the openings begin, our live video feed will be the main post on our MLive site.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:56 SNAndyHoag
9:58
@monk1903 No problem, thanks for following along!
Tuesday September 25, 2012 9:58 SNAndyHoag
10:17
They now have set two large flatscreen TVs in the courtroom. That's new. Not sure if that's to accommodate the live feed for the overflow ..
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:17 SNAndyHoag
10:18
.. room and use the other TV to present evidence, or what. That's just a guess.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:18 SNAndyHoag
10:19
@nancymerrow2 You're welcome! Thanks for following along.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:19 SNAndyHoag
10:26
@tvalentine75 What do you mean? We're able to cover any trial, just a matter of resources. Any trial specifically you're referring to?
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:26 SNAndyHoag
10:27
Remember when I said, "We're close?" That was 33 minutes ago. They're still figuring out the TVs.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:27 SNAndyHoag
10:29
@tvalentine75 That's right. That case was a little different because there were concerns about witnesses following the tweets when ...
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:29 SNAndyHoag
10:30
@tvalentine75 ... they're supposed to be sequestered. In this case, most of the witnesses are testifying based on their ...
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:30 SNAndyHoag
10:31
@tvalentine75 ... police reports and/or lab reports. In other words, not a lot of room for changing testimony, and if they were to ...
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:31 SNAndyHoag
10:32
@tvalentine75 ... change their testimony, the defense attorney would jump all over it. Just a unique case all around.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:32 SNAndyHoag
10:33
@skaren24 Not yet. Nothing to record yet.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:33 SNAndyHoag
10:34
Bluew is here. He walked in quickly, mouthed a "hi" to his family.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:34 SNAndyHoag
10:35
Quick matter before the jury comes in, as O'Farrell puts on the record that Bluew waived his right to be present for our meeting w/ judge.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:35 SNAndyHoag
10:37
Jury coming in now. Again, nine women & five men.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:37 SNAndyHoag
10:38
You now can go to MLive for our live feed. Should be up in seconds.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:38 SNAndyHoag
10:39
@Linderlou792000 You never know. I'll remain optimistic :)
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:39 SNAndyHoag
10:39
Stroud is giving the opening argument
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:39 SNAndyHoag
10:39
Stroud: "Jenny Webb was happy, she was healthy, she was having a baby."
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:39 SNAndyHoag
10:40
Stroud: Somebody wasn't happy about it, didn't want to pay child support.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:40 SNAndyHoag
10:40
Stroud: Bluew killed Webb and "made it look like something else."
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:40 SNAndyHoag
10:41
Good call folks, here's the link for the live feed: mlive.com/news/saginaw/i…
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:41 SNAndyHoag
10:42
Stroud: Webb met Bluew "years ago."
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:42 SNAndyHoag
10:42
Stroud: Webb saw Bluew "fairly regularly."
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:42 SNAndyHoag
10:43
Stroud: Roughly January 2011, "they conceived a child."
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:43 SNAndyHoag
10:43
Stroud: Webb filled a room in her parents' house with things for the baby.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:43 SNAndyHoag
10:43
Stroud: Webb "felt safe" at parents' home after her home was broken into.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:43 SNAndyHoag
10:44
Stroud: "All there was to do was to wait. Wait for that day" of birth.
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:44 SNAndyHoag
10:45
Stroud: Webb "had some concerns about being a single mom, taking time off of work."
Tuesday September 25, 2012 10:45 SNAndyHoag
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