The Re-Trial is now officially a "GO."
Melissa McKowan announced the people's intent to retry the case.
It APPEARS that Weinberg will be representing ayres again. In chambers (or at some point prior to today's hearing), dates for the re-trial were discussed, but none were selected, and in court, Weinberg then asked for a 2 week continuance before they make a decision.
McKowan stated the people's preference to just set the date, right then and there.
The judge granted the two week continuance, but clarified that they have already discussed potential dates, and that one of those will be selected, so there won't be any further "delay" of the retrial.
The continued hearing will be Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 9AM PST.
(Personal aside: September 11th is always a pretty difficult day for me. This will not be so great, but I'm guessing that McKowan probably suffered long and hard in chambers to keep Weinberg from getting 2 months continuance, so I'm not going to complain too loudly.)
ayres and his wife were present, along with Weinberg and his assistant.
There were 10 other people present in "public" part of the courtroom, at least 9 of whom are known to support the victims in the case. One of them was a juror in the original trial, and was greeted with a very cheerful "Good Morning!" from ayres as he hobbled (allegedly) into the courtroom with his walker.
One representative of the mainstream press was present, just as the judge was wrapping up.
[UPDATE 8/31/2009:] As of 11:26am today, the San Mateo County Times has updated their page to include a note that the "fundraising letter" that they discuss was first obtained by Victoria Balfour, and then reported on this blog on the 17th of July.
Superior Court Clerk's office: 650-599-1170
ayres' criminal case number:SC064366