JUDGE DARROW DENIES DEFENSE MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL. JAMES RAY PROCEEDS TO SENTENCING.
James Ray still has the appellate court to pursue. You never know what will happen there. Another case I am following got pushed back by 6 months, on a Writ of Habeas Corpus, no less, which is supposed to speed things up. Appellate judges don't see the crying witnesses or listen to detailed explanations of the symptoms of fatal heat stroke. They look at issues of law and generally operate on a more abstract plane. Things can look very different from up there. There's also such a thing as a Special Action, which still has the potential to stop the hearing next week. I don't know on what grounds an appeals court would stop a sentencing rather than wait for the regular appeals process like all other inmates, but I didn't think they'd delay an imminent trial to slowwwwly consider a Writ of Habeas Corpus, either. If there are such grounds, the platinum team of defense lawyers is sure to find them.
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