Verdict in the Ryan Frederick Trial

February 4, 2009

As before, I will post John Wilburn’s account when it becomes available. Note that his post will be updated as more information becomes available this evening.

I heard from my son that a verdict had been reached as I was driving from work to the courthouse. I arrived too late to hear it, but John was there and we will hear from him later. The pre-sentencing arguments were in progress when I got there and the courtroom was locked. Sentencing is in the hands of the jury at this hour.

Frederick was found guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter, not guilty of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and guilty of possession of marijuana.  The sentencing range Read the rest of this entry »



February 4, 2009

While we wait for the verdict, and since the list of comments on Day 10 is getting too long to scroll through, I’ll ask a few questions.

Of course, the consequences of the verdict will be life changing for Ryan Frederick, but what would be the consequences Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan Frederick Trial, Day 10

February 2, 2009

John Wilburn will report in stages this evening, I will post his accounts as they become available.

John’s Report post begins with Jury instructions at 9:35 PM – Part 2 Conway’s closing added 11:10 PM Part 3 Mr. Broccoletti’s closing added 1:45 AM. Ebert’s rebuttal added 2:05 AM

The Judge gave the jury their instructions on the law applicable to this case, and the Prosecution and Defense gave their closing arguments this afternoon. I got there just in time for Prosecutor Paul Ebert’s rebuttal before the jury was sent home for the night. With the prosecution having the last word, it is critical what the jurors will take to bed with them. Read the rest of this entry »

Tidewater Libetarian Party Legislative Proposals

January 31, 2009

From Tidewater Libertarian Party General Counsel Steve Merrill:

Ten Modest Legislative Proposals

Those who believe in far greater personal and economic freedom for Virginians are sometimes criticized as unrealistic. It is said by many our nation cannot go back to the simplicities of the times of Thomas Jefferson or even to the times of Teddy Roosevelt. It is considered impossible to go in reverse down the 20th Century road to greater and greater government control over our lives. According to the self-proclaimed realists, if every citizen became suddenly free from the majority of the laws that bind us chaos would rule. People could not be prepared for such a transformation.

The Tidewater Libertarian Party wishes to show the fallacy in this. Greater freedom can come in doses just like our former freedom was eroded law by law. A combination of new laws expanding the citizens’ freedom in Virginia that may not be large steps individually would have a larger effect together over time. Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan Frederick Trial, Day 9

January 30, 2009

I will post JohnWilburn’s detailed account as soon as I receive it, in whole or in part.

(NOTE: the remainder of John’s report was added at about 8 AM  Saturday morning.)

I was able to attend the afternoon session and, to kill some time and hopefully enlighten, I will post some comments and observations while I wait.

I had hoped that the closing statements would come today, but that did not happen, largely thanks to Prosecutor Ebert’s unending search for do-overs and Prosecutor Conway’s deep and abiding love for the sound of his own voice. Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan Frederick Trial, Day 8

January 29, 2009

We have an early report from John Wilburn on this morning’s blockbuster news.

So, what did Prosecutor Ebert know and when did he know it?

I just heard from John( 8:10 PM). Court recessed at 7:45PM, I will post his reports as they become available.

The remainder of John’s report posted at 3 AM

John’s report is long, as was the day. He was up late getting it done. It is worth taking the time to read it if you want to know what went on it court.

In an ealier post, I wrote of the testimony of the officers on the scene that I believed it to be true AS THEY SAW IT. I would assert that Frederick’s testimony is consistent with theirs AS HE SAW IT.

I will summarize and analyse later as time permits. I am working this morning but expect to be at the courthouse after lunch, if it is not all over by then.

Ryan Frederick Trial, Day 7, Being There

January 28, 2009

Part one of  John Wilburn’s account now posted, part two posted at 7 AM Thursday morning .

In the meantime, I was able to attend the afternoon session, after the Jury View of the house. Sometimes, you have to be there.

After the jury was brought in, Det. Roberts was called back to the stand questioned about the video of the re-enactment performed on March 20th of 2008 pursuant to a search warrant. Roberts testified the re-enactment varied from the actual night in a number of ways, Read the rest of this entry »