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Attend Trial at Kings County New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term, Part 21, 320 Jay Street, 20th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in front of Judge John G. Ingram. (Usual court hours are 9:30-4:30 & 9-2 on Fridays but come early to get inside courtroom)
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Update Mon 12-10 Jury Verdict- Guilty on all 60 counts. Taken in to Custody. Sentence could effectively be for life. I am working on a post to appear later today on my reflections about trial. Thank you all who came here as readers, and more important, who supported the survivor in her pursuit of justice and safety for other kids. Thank you Zaakah. Most of all, Thank you to the brave witness who took it all to bring him to justice. May our people be blessed with many more like her.
Update Thurs 12-6 5pm Jury Instruction Fri Morning for 1.5 hours & Then Jury Deliberation
Update Fri 12-7 Jury was instructed and than deliberated for several hours before stopping at 2:30. Jury deliberation continues on Monday
For an overview of the Nechemya Weberman case from his arrest til just before the trial CLICK HERE!
Update 11-30 Day 5 of Trial victim is still on witness stand for a 3rd day of harassing cross examination (longer than almost any other trial of this sort). She is bearing up but it is hard.
Update 11-29, Day 4 of Trial, One of those arrested, Yosle Fried is active for Williamsburg Vaad Hatznius
Update 11-29, Day 4 of Trial, Court Cleared After Weberman Supporters try to intimidate witness by taking and emailing photos of witness on stand.
Update 11-29, Day 3 of Trial Media coverage including Jewish Press article by Harry Maryles. Judge Ingram was really annoyed by the litter left behind in the courtroom. Guys, don’t be pigs; that’s Nechemya’s job!
Update 11-28, Day 3 of Trial,
Update 11-28 Day 2 of Trial
Update 11-27 Day 1 of Trial
UPDATE: Tuesday Nov 13, noon- Shehechiyanu! The Weberman trial started this morning with jury selection. However, on Thursday Nov 8, his lawyers pleaded damage to one of the attorneys’ home during Sandy. They got the start of the testimony stage of the trial postponed till Monday, after Thanksgiving, Nov 26. At that point the trial will head straight into opening statements and testimony.Jury selection phase started Tuesday, Nov 13. as of Thurs. Nov. 15, noon was up to 11 jurors and 2 alternate jurors. Judge wants 12 jurors and 4 alternates. There will be a break between jury selection and evidence phase.
UPDATE: Sunday 11/4/12, 5 PM- I have confirmed that the trial will start on Tuesday, November 13, 9 am (case # 01589-2011) in Kings County New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term, Part 21, on 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in front of Judge John G. Ingram.
Judge Ingram has ordered up a jury pool of 150 jurors for day 1 of the trial. This means that most of the courtroom seats will be given over to prospective jurors. So If there will be very little seating capacity for observers, other than a few select media representatives. Jury selection will probably take up the balance of the week and the pool will shrink over each successive day. So probably aim for attending later in the week or during the next week or two.
It seems Weberman has hired a very high powered jury team for a total defense team of 7 lawyers. Friday might not be a trial day or at most will be a morning session only (because the holy Rabbi Weberman needs his afternoon to get ready for shabbos in his apartment which is less than 2 miles from the court room.
Update Sat 11/3/12- 7 pm- As of Friday afternoon, according to the Webcrims NYS public database of all court cases the trial of Nechemya Weberman is now scheduled to start on Tuesday, November 13th. I tried to confirm the date through contacts with the prosecution team but have not been able to. I am guessing this new information is correct and will keep on trying to confirm it.
UPDATE: Wed., 10/31/12, 10 am– Court seems to be open inside, but they seem to be turning away most folks at door. TRIAL DEFINITELY NOT HAPPENING TODAY.
Tentativesly scheduled to start Monday, November 5, 2012. Apparently traffic is so bad that arraignments are being handled by video. We will just have to wait to see how long it takes for disaster recovery to proceed.
UPDATE Wednesday October 31, 1:45 am- NOT certain if Weberman trial will start tomorrow am. While the court is open, I have an indirect source telling me that the trial will start with jury selection on Monday November 5. I have determined that while the court will be open, primarily to handle scheduled pre-trial appearances and ongoing trials, new jurors were instructed NOT TO COME IN. The Weberman trial was slated to start with a panel of 150 prospective jurors For that reason and because of other uncorroborated information I do not think the jury selection, which is the first phase, will happen today, Wednesday, October 31.
I have not been able to get any information directly from the prosecution team. I hope to establish that connection once the court opens for business hours in the morning.
MY BEST GUESS IS THAT THE TRIAL WILL NOT START TOMORROW MORNING AND IT WILL PROBABLY START ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, WILL STOP FOR ELECTION DAY, AND WILL THEN CONTINUE FORWARD.
UPDATE Tuesday, October 30, 8:30 pm, EST–
Court will be open on Wednesday, October 31. It is official according the court web site. Trial starts tommorrow, Wednesday October 31, 9am. Be there early to get a seat. It is being held in a large room, but 150 seats will be reserved for the jury pool. All of tommorrow will probably be taken up with jury selection. If you are going get in touch with me.The trial of Nechemya Weberman (case # 01589-2011) will be in Kings County New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term, Part 21, on 3 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in front of Judge John G. Ingram.
Update Mon. 10/29/12- 5pm. Court will be closed on Tuesday because of winter storm Sandy. Court about tomorrow won’t be posted till this evening. Here is link for courthouse information or you can call: 1-800-COURTNY /1-800-268-7869.
[Mon, 10/29/12, 2pm UPDATE. Courts are closed today because of winter storm SANDY. Court decision about tomorrow won’t be posted till this evening. Here is link for courthouse information or you can call: 1-800-COURTNY /1-800-268-7869.
[10-22-12, 11 pm: update- Judge Ingram has ordered up a jury pool of 150 jurors for day 1 of the trial on
Tuesday, October 30 Wed., October 31. This means that most of the courtroom seats will be given over to prospective jurors. So If there will be very little seating capacity for observers, other than a few select media representatives. Jury selection will probably take up the balance of the week and the pool will shrink over each successive day. So probably aim for attending later in the week or during the next week or two (but not election day)].
The initial phase will be jury selection which may very well take the rest of the week. It seems Weberman has hired a very high powered jury team in addition to his three other lawyers. During jury selection most of the court room will be filled with a large juror pool and seating for supporters will be either limited or virtually non-existent. In all likelihood the trial itself will start on
Monday, Nov 5, and then be interrupted for election day, and then will resume on Wed. Nov 7. Friday might not be a trial day or at most will be a morning session only (because the holy Rabbi Weberman needs his afternoon to get ready for shabbos in his apartment which is 10-20 minutes from the court room). [added Mon oct 29- I am guessing that the judge will have a Friday session with a partial afternoon session if he needs one to keep the trial on schedule].