27 September 2005
Judge Thompson gets an extension
The trial of former judge Donald Thompson has been postponed until November because of a bad call by a sitting judge.
Creek County District Judge Joe Sam Vassar on Friday had started cutting down the jury pool; he'd gotten it down from 300 to 80 or so when Thompson's defense pointed out that Vassar had already removed himself from the case and had no business dealing with the jury. Prosecutors, fearing a retrial on this basis alone, agreed with the defense; Comanche County District Judge C. Allen McCall, who is hearing the case, concurred, and sent home the entire jury.
A new jury will be empaneled when the trial begins on 7 November.
Previous coverage, so to speak: here, and at links therein.Posted at 7:42 AM to Soonerland