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Jan 31

MI-CATS Day 4 Trial Updates

January 31st-

12:07 am

Still no decision by the Jury.

Although supporters have remained peaceful and respectful, the police presence has increased substantially in the courtroom.

9:00 am

The jury arrived at 9 am to begin working again towards coming to a decision.(unanimous vote is required) Yesterday the jury could not reach consensus after 4.5 hours of talks.

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January 30th

4:26 pm 

Jury could not come to a decision after 4.5 hours of deliberation. Court adjourned until tomorrow.

11:46 am

Court on recess while Jury deliberates. 

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Final Day of the Trial

Folks from across the Midwest were outside today welcoming everyone who came to the courthouse today!

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January 28th- Jury Sent home until Thursday

 Click Here for Live Updates Today from Stephen Boyle ‏@fuzzytek4m 

3:36 pm

  1. Judge is sending jury home. Starts Thursday with closing arguments at 9:00am. Jury instructed not to talk about case.

  2. Barb is saying that morally I could not detach. The Judge continued to insist that Barb should have detached from device. #MICATStrial

  3. Judge is now examining Barb in witness stand. #MICATStrial

  4. Kathy: Did you change what you were doing during the day? Barb: No I did not. #MICATStrial

  5. prosecutor is asking if situation changed while there. Barb: yes, situations always change over time. #MICATStrial

  6. Prosecutor: Enbridge employees came to work… were they able to work? Barb: Yes they came, no they couldn’t work. #MICATStrial

  7. Prosecutor: You knew the police were going to arrive? Barb: Well not really. I brought Depends diapers but didn’t wear one. #MICATStrial

  8. Kathy: Do you know what was in the plastic jog? Barb: Water, we were going to be there a while. #MICATStrial

  9. Barb: We told them we would detach at 5pm. #MICATStrial

  10. Kathy: Did you assault Sgt Brown? Barb: NO I was trying to be as peaceful with the police as possible. #MICATStrial

  11. Judge is stating Atty Murphy is creating Barb’s testimony through questioning. #MICATStrial

  12. Judge Colette appears to be watching computer monitor during trial. #MICATStrial

  13. Sgt Brown approached and asked if we would release ourselves from the devices. She asked if told arrested for trespass #MICATStrial

  14. Sgt Harris told us we were under arrest for trespassing. #MICATStrial

  15. Barb: Sgt Harris pointed to Mary then she saw him put her into his police car. I was confused. #MICATStrial

  16. I was attached to Lisa as was told to you. Sgt Harris was facing away from me. He was 5 feet from that group. #MICATStrial

  17. Barb: I saw Sgt Harris walk up to our group of protesters about 20 yards away. #MICATStrial

  18. Do you recall Dep Cramer? Ans: No I did not. Do you recall Sgt Harris? Ans: Yes I do #MICATStrial

  19. Kathy: Were you playing a game that day? Barb: No this was very serious. #MICATStrial

  20. Prosecutor is objecting to Kathy’s queries into who Barb is and her motivation. Judge is removing her basis for action. #MICATStrial

  21. Barb: I grew up in Warren and her mention of now living in SW Detroit and being near Marathon processing Tar Sands was stricken #MICATStrial

  22. Questioning of Lisa has completed. Barbara Carter brought to witness stand by her atty Kathy Murphy. #MICATStrial

  23. Prosecutor is whispering with Sgt Brown. Now begins questioning Lisa. #MICATStrial

  24. Jake: Lisa did anyone forbid you from being on the property? Ans: No. #MICATStrial

  25. Where you asked to leave the premises? No I was not. Were you asked to remove yourself from the equipment – Yes. #MICATStrial

  26. Lisa will be a grandma very soon. She moved to Holland MI from Brooklyn NY to improve quality of life. #MICATStrial

  27. Lisa Leggio on witness stand #MICATStrial

  28. Lisa is on witness stand #MICATStrial

  29. Prosecutor: Did you hear commands to remove yourself from the property? Vicci: I don’t recall hearing that until later. #MICATStrial

  30. Prosecutor – did any officer pull your arm? Vicci – yes they did. #MICATStrial

  31. My wrist was triple wrapped around strap inside – I couldn’t slide it out. #MICATStrial 

  32. I might have asked for water. They never gave me water during the entire time. #MICATStrial

 

3:11 pm

  1. Jake: Lisa did anyone forbid you from being on the property? Ans: No. #MICATStrial
  2. Where you asked to leave the premises? No I was not. Were you asked to remove yourself from the equipment – Yes. #MICATStrial

  3. Lisa will be a grandma very soon. She moved to Holland MI from Brooklyn NY to improve quality of life. #MICATStrial

  4. Lisa Leggio on witness stand #MICATStrial

  5. Lisa is on witness stand #MICATStrial

  6. Prosecutor: Did you hear commands to remove yourself from the property? Vicci: I don’t recall hearing that until later. #MICATStrial

  7. Prosecutor – did any officer pull your arm? Vicci – yes they did. #MICATStrial
  8. My wrist was triple wrapped around strap inside – I couldn’t slide it out. #MICATStrial
  9. I might have asked for water. They never gave me water during the entire time. #MICATStrial
  10. Only asked for air at one point during cut-team activity. Female officer assisted (not Brown). There was a lot of fear. #MICATStrial
  11. Felt like talking back but remained quiet and as peaceful as possible as numerous abusive verbal assaults were made #MICATStrial
  12.  Verbal abuse by #Enbridge and male police. Only 2 female officers present. It was hinted that tazing might happen. #MICATStrial
  13. Vicci: 1st interaction with Sgt Brown while attached to equipment. Sgt Brown was pleasant. Few people were nice to her #MICATStrial
  14. Vicci: I did not come to hurt people, I came to help them. #MICATStrial
  15.  I came to protest the pipeline because I feel for my children’s sake the pipeline needed to be addressed through direct action #MICATStrial
  16.  Did you know where you were going? vicci: No I did not. #MICATStrial
  17. Vicci: Found #MICATS through internet and interested in what they were doing. #MICATStrial
  18.  Vicci Hamlin is called to witness stand. #MICATStrial pic.twitter.com/I6CQGDwsce
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  •  Judge is asking Rob for his opening statement to stop sounding like closing statement. #MICATStrial
  • Judge is appearing rather perturbed but not stopping Rob during statements to jury.R&O is against a person, not a group #MICATStrial
  •  Rob: How was Enbridge’s easement marked and was it easy to discern? #MICATStrial
  •  Rob: There is going to be a lot of confusion over who owns what out there. Was trespass involved? #MICATStrial
  • Vicci was acting to interfere with Enbridge. Is a Grandma for 2nd time as of yesterday night. Is 60 yrs old #MICATStrial

 

2:15pm

  1. Rob: Introducing Vicci Hamlin’s defense to the jury. Evidence to show not there to fight police or interfere with police. #MICATStrial

  2. Prosecutor: If they had removed themselves from devices would you have had to come to the scene. Ans: No we would not #MICATStrial

  3. Cut-Team Witness: First field cut-out that was had outside of training. #MICATStrial

  4. Rob X cut-team: Any interference created? Ans: As far as any form of assault I did not see any. #MICATStrial

  5. Jake X MS police cut-team: Did the defendants make it difficult to remove by putting body in the way – ans: No they did not #MICATStrial

  6. witness was off-duty at time of call, was on-call for SWAT team so responded. #MICATStrial

  7. Third sleeping dragon on exhibit at #MICATStrial none of these prevented defendants from freeing themselves at any time #MICATStrial

  8. MS Police cut-team witness – need to confirm if Sgt Derrick Libstaff http://www.linkedin.com/pub/derrick-libstaff/6b/169/793 …

  9. Similar extraction used for Vicci & Will – Exhibit 16 being viewed. Moving to the cut-team work on video. #MICATStrial

  10. Exhibit 15 – Sgt Brown saying next sleeping dragon is quite heavy – metallic base. Witness is describing details how removed #MICATStrial

  11. Exhibit 14 – PVC base version of #SleepingDragon being shown to jurors. Cut-team witness describing construction and use #MICATStrial

  12. Apparently video is showing a cover was over the heads of the defendants as the cut-team was working. #MICATStrial

  13. Witness is describing in detail the effort to create a viewport when cutting device to reduce injury. #MICATStrial

  14. Jake: requesting full video to be seen of the cut-team’s action. (denied) Requesting to play excerpts during closing statements #MICATStrial

1:42 pm

  1. Three devices were removed. Nothing to indicate that they were not fully capable of letting go and pulling arm out of device. #MICATStrial

  2. Worked on one device at a time – prosecutor is asking what sleeping dragon is made of. #MICATStrial witness is discussing layers

  3. Used various devices, fluids, etc to cut through the “sleeping dragon” #MICATStrial video is showing to Judge jury & witness only

  4. Can’t see video. Judge Colette made sure monitor facing audience was removed this afternoon. #MICATStrial
  5. Video of cut-team in action being shown #MICATStrial to show procedures taken.

  6. Court returns to session – MS cut-team officer on witness stand for prosecution. #MICATStrial live http://bambuser.com/v/4310647 

1:25 pm

Trial resumes

12:00 pm

Lunch Recess

11:47 pm 

Defense legal team called to the bench.

11:38 am

Prosecution continues- Trying to prove from officer testimony that defendants were trespassing and failed to obey a lawful command.

10:45 am

Judge is not allowing defense to cross reference witnesses and unable to question testimony and former statements made from officers during the preliminary hearing.

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10:22 am

Officer Kramer said under oath that he showed up in a police cruiser- but according to eye witnesses present on July 22nd he came in his own pickup truck. That info is not being permitted to be brought into the courtroom.

2 out of the 3 police officers testifying have been promoted since the arrests were made on July 22nd

10:11 am

Prosecution continues– 3 witnesses called.

We’ve heard from 3 police officers who were on the scene. They’re really playing up the fact that we had, “jugs of liquid” which was obviously our water, making it seem like we were trying to destroy machinery. Also trying to prove that the defendants were given direct orders to leave.

9:33 am

Trial underway- updates will come later in the afternoon. No phones allowed to be on today in the courtroom during the trial.

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9 am 

Trial about to commence

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January 27th

 Click here for a summary of live updates from the 1st day of trial

1:00 pm

Break for lunch

11:15 am

Prosecutor asked, “Has anyone had an unpleasant experience with cops that would cause them to be impartial on this case?”  One juror responded yes. When asked why they said, “In general, just cops in general. “9:45 am

Jury selection is happening right now. Prosecutor is asking potential jurors questions about what “trespassing is”.

10:44 am

Defense holding their own. Reconvening the jury selection process after a short break

 

Pre-Trial Huddle- 8:22 am

Pre-trial huddle

 

MI CATS Supporters Pack the Courtroom

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