At last, the trial of Nechemya Weberman started with jury selection this morning (Tuesday, 11/13/12) in Brooklyn Supreme Court in front of Judge John Ingram. The courtroom on the 2nd floor seats about 150 people. Court officials brought in groups of 50 jurors at a time. Several rows of benches were kept empty between the prospective jurors and victim/survivor supporters. Weberman attended with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. Nuchem Rosenberg attended along with about 5 other heimish supporters of the victim. Weberman’s accuser will not attend the jury selection phase.
At this point the panels were informed of the nature of the charges in legal terms and introduced to the opposing legal teams, and the star, Nechemya, who stood up for each panel. Jurors were also informed of the schedule (see below) to confirm their availability for the duration of the trial.
I am told that jury selection will probably be finished by the end of this week.
Last Thursday (11/8) Weberman’s attorney asked for a delay because of damage by Sandy to the home of one of the lawyers. The judge insisted on conducting jury selection as scheduled but agreed to delay the start of the testimony phase of the trial until Monday, 11/26. The judge expects testimony and cross-examination to be completed within 6 days, by the end of Monday, December 3rd. Then of course there will be summations and jury deliberation.
For updates on schedules and information about attending, click here