[Original Post by DS: 6/7/2011 03:50PM PST]
Almost a routine court business day:
Today was a jury selection day.
In the morning the courtroom was filled with jurors, and observers were not initially able to go in, as the courtroom was filled to capacity (about 70 prospective jurors). I’m not sure what exactly the process was, but mostly the business today was weeding out hardship excuses, probably through the juror questionnaire mentioned yesterday, and leaving those who were still qualified for more extensive questioning during voir dire on Wednesday afternoon. In the afternoon, at 2pm, the same process was slated to happen with another set of jurors. (I have confirmation that at 2pm another set of 70 jurors went into the courtroom.) This process could presumably continue through tomorrow morning.
As I mentioned yesterday, at 1PM PST on Wednesday, voir dire of the jurors will begin, after which, they’ll have their jury. It should be noted that seating will not be available for public (and public will be barred from the courtroom) until the point that enough of the jurors have been dismissed that seating becomes available.
Also as mentioned yesterday, ayres will be required to be present in the courtroom for voir dire at that point. On Monday, McDougall noted the 977 waiver allowing ayres to miss everything up until voir dire.
Here’s what wasn’t so routine:
william ayres and his vacuous wife Solveig showed up in the courtroom in the morning! ayres had his usual prop walker, but appeared to be clean, healthy and alert; beard neatly trimmed, and apparently has possibly even shed a few pounds.
As McDougall walked in, and walked past them sitting there, he whispered something to them. Something along the line of: You didn’t need to be here, or You shouldn’t be here, or You’re not supposed to be here. He also mentioned that they had the 977 waiver.
This would seem to me to be just another sign that ayres is as arrogant as ever, and that his attorney has little, if any ability to exert control over the notorious control freak. It is very likely that the last thing McDougall wanted was for ayres to be seen anywhere near the courthouse, let alone in the courtroom all day, before he was absolutely required by law to be there.
When McDougall presents his case that his client is so demented that he can’t even dress himself to get to the courthouse except when absolutely required by law, the jurors will all recollect him sitting there all day, even though his 977 waiver permitted him to be absent.
I have confirmation that ayres was present for the afternoon group of jurors too.
I don't know if: "My client is too fucking stupid and/or arrogant to follow instructions" counts as "dementia" or not, but I'm guessing probably not.