03/17/2016 – By Tom Jensen –
Several of the observers, myself included, were late to court this morning. It seems court began at 9:00 this morning, and we thought it was 10:00. By the time I got into court, all the dirty work had been done. Judge Zuniga was busy explaining why she was about to deny Frank Carson the right to act as Co-Council in his trial. I predicted that this would happen, but it was still disappointing when it actually became reality. Judge Zuniga cited legal decisions that show that a defendant like Frank Carson does not have an absolute right to do so. The judge has the right to deny such a request and get away with it, and she decided to do just that. It doesn’t make it right, just legal. It is all part of the process of stacking the deck. Making it as difficult for Frank Carson to defend himself as possible seems to be on the agenda. The judge stated that there was something unseemly about letting Frank defend himself. I think she has it ass backwards.
Today the bloggers who sit in the back row were singled out by Prosecuting DA Marlissa Fereirra. It seems as though we are hitting the bone with some of our comments. I hope we are. Judge Zuniga said that she has no legal basis to order bloggers to do anything. Our First Amendment Rights apparently are stronger than the DA’s wish to make us go away. This is a public trial, and the public has the right to know what is being done. We will continue to report this trial as we please.
At 11:15 AM, Defense Attorney Jesse Garcia brings up a packet of CDC material provided in CD format to him, and he spoke of some confidential information that is still out there, which the Attorney General will want to quash. It appears we will have a trial over that soon.
Officer Brian Albonetti from Roseville was called to the stand. He had previously worked for the Ceres Police Department. He testified about a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup belonging to Daljit Atwal, which was reported stolen on 04/27/2012. The testimony was very brief, and the officer was able to leave and drive back home to Roseville.
It is 11:42 and Detective Frank Navarro is put back on the stand. I am getting tired of this guy. Martha Carlton Magana gets Navarro to speak about the Mulberry Trailer Park where Amber Kiester, and several other people associated with this case live. Kevin Pickett lives in Mulberry Trailer Park. He is the stepfather of Korey Kauffman. Talk goes to how Kevin Pickett and Korey Kauffman had gone to the park to purchase some drugs. Martha Carlton Magana brings out the fact that Kimberly Stout lives in Mulberry Trailer Park as well. Linette Clardy and Ms. Fisher live there also.
A whole line of questions were asked of Navarro that have been asked and answered numerous times before. We then break for lunch.
At 1:41 Detective Navarro is back on the stand. After a few more questions from Martha Carlton Magana, Jesse Garcia takes over asking the questions. Jesse asks Navarro if he considers the investigation open or closed in the Korey Kauffman trial. Navarro: “I am not aware, don’t know.” Garcia focuses how when the investigation started focusing on Frank Carson, all the rest of the suspects were not investigated anymore. Garcia asks many questions of Navarro, most of which we have heard about previously in testimony. Navarro responded by “I don’t remember to an inordinate amount of questions in this segment of the trial.
Jesse Garcia gets Navarro to describe the daily meetings the Task Force had during the investigation. When Navarro was asked what was being discussed, he answered “I don’t remember.” He still has that strange smirk on his face at times today, and especially at this moment. We were let out for our break at 4:00 PM, and I went home. I am sick and tired of having the same questions being asked to Navarro, with the same “I don’t remember” answers.
Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)