Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Judge Denies Motion for Mistrial

Prior to the jury being brought in today, Jensen's attorney Stephen Meyer moved for a mistrial because he said his client was not able to confront witnesses face-to-face.

Meyer said the last witness yesterday, former state senator and current circuit court judge Mac Davis, told him he couldn't see Jensen as he testified. Jensen himself complained of not being able to see the witness stand from his seat at the defense table last week, Meyer said.

"I am making a motion for mistrial because my client has not had the right to face-to-face confrontation with the witnesses," Meyer said.

Dane County DA Brian Blanchard responded by saying he wasn't aware of any problem. "I haven't noticed Mr. Jensen stand up or strain. The witnesses may lean a little bit, but when they lean a little bit they would see him."

Judge Steven Ebert denied the motion. "Confrontation is broader than the ability to look somebody in the eye," he said.

The trial was supposed to start this morning at 8:30 a.m., but has been delayed until at least 10 a.m. because a witness is running late.


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