Friday, March 03, 2006

Prosecution Rests Case; Meyer Cuts Dems from Witness List

The prosecution finished presenting its case to the jury at about 3 p.m. today. The defense of Scott Jensen and Sherry Schultz begins at 8:30 a.m.

Jensen attorney Stephen Meyer intends to call six witnesses on Monday, including former Jensen staffers Steve Baas, Brett Healy and Joelle Tierney. Meyer also expected Denise Solie, Don Millis and Leslie Oehmen to take the stand Monday.

Also, Meyer said he won't be calling three Democrats to the stand -- Doyle campaign chairman Rich Judge, former Rep. Shirley Krug, and former Assembly Democratic Caucus head Tanya Bjork.

Meyer asked Ebert whether he would be allowed to introduce any evidence regarding what was happening in the Assembly Democratic Caucus concurrent with the time of the incidents charged in the Jensen-Schultz case. Ebert said he would not.

With that in mind, Meyer said he would be entering an offer of proof regarding the evidence, and said it would include the evidence he turned over to the court regarding the ADC when he filed his motion on selective prosecution.

Ebert told him to file the offer of proof Monday morning. The offer of proof puts on the record that the attorney tried to get the evidence introduced, which makes it eligible for consideration should a higher judge look at the case for appeal.

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