JUNE 14, 2016
We all hate this segment of the Frank Carson et. al. preliminary hearing. Prosecuting DA Marlissa Fereirra is laying foundation on her cell phone ping evidence. Slide after slide is being presented by her self-professed cell phone expert Jim Cook. Multiple objections to each slide results, mostly concerning the way Ms. Fereirra attempts to ask her questions. She continues to ask compound questions, but it seemed to me that she did less of these this afternoon
We started out the afternoon session at 1:42 PM covering slide 131 out of 309 total. It concerned cell phone conversations between devices associated with Daljit Atwal and a lady named Sandy Villalobos. I have not heard this name mentioned before in court. There were a total of 10 conversations between Daljit Atwal and Ms. Villalobos. Each call was gone over, with Jim Cook testifying about which cell phone towers were involved with each call. There was one call initiated by CHP Officer Eduardo Quintaro and Daljit Atwal that was covered on this slide as well.
Defense Attorney Martha Carlton Magana asks the judge if we are going to go through each and every call. Judge Zuniga tells her that we are going to go through each and every call.
We are all getting our minds turned to mush by Marlissa Feriera’s tactics. I guess it is necessary, but it seems to be torture to us.
Judge Zuniga seems to be getting as upset about her tactics as we are. She told Marlissa to shorten up her questions. Marlissa modified her approach after this comment by the judge, and things went a little bit quicker after that.
All the defense attorneys are getting upset with Jim Cook’s attorney son who sits next to Marlissa Fereirra during the Power Point presentation. They objected to his whispering the questions to Marlissa that she asked his father on the stand. I guess there is nothing against the law for him to be doing this, because Judge Zuniga overruled their objections. It did seem to me that he whispered less in Marlissa’s ear after the objections. It just doesn’t seem right to me that he is allowed to tag team with his dad on the stand, while working with the Prosecuting DA.
One of the slides still had the Carson property labeled as the “Crime Scene.” This was objected to, and Marlissa said that they must have “Missed One.”
We then went into the Daljit Atwal cell phone relationships between 01/11/2011 and 01/27/2014. It is brought out that there were 954 calls by Eduardo Quintaro to Pop N Cork Liquor during this time period. Many objections flew in the courtroom on the cell phone relationships, and Marlissa Fereirra got visibly flustered during this point. She got dis-respectful with the judge. Judge Zuniga: “Don’t give me the eye roll Mam.” She denied that she had done so, but we could all see her do it.
We now go on to the cell phone calls concerning Frank Carson, and the cell phone towers that were associated with those calls. Many of the calls were between Frank Carson’s law office and the Stanislaus County Courtroom.
Marlissa had trouble crafting her questions during this portion of testimony, and had to re-craft her questions multiple times. She lost her composure once again. We are done for the day. This preliminary trial will continue tomorrow.
Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)