It's hard to tell what's going on, because, for one thing, there's a gag order in the case and no one is talking.
◼ Jason Warren has asked to be excused from the courtroom every time since Dorothy Ulrich's mother has been in court - John Chiv/Words Worth Sep 23, 2015
◼ Jason Warren jury trial estimated to last until mid December, thanksgiving week off, some full days - John Chiv/Words Worth Sep 23, 2015
Today, a trial confirmation hearing was scheduled for the Jason Warren case at 4 p.m. He was served with a copy of a document by the People in court today, before he left. Alternate Conflict Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown is representing Warren in the Hoopa case where is charged with the homicide of Dorothy Ulrich.
If the case gets assigned Friday, it will start Monday in Courtroom 4. While the case has been assigned to Judge Timothy Cissna for trial, the decision if it will definitely start on September 28 depends on how trial assignment goes this Friday. As Judge Cissna explained, "there maybe other higher priority cases."
It all depends on courtroom availability....
Schedules, witness list and the gag order and freedom of the press was discussed this afternoon.
Time estimate including jury selection is 8 to 10 weeks. Trial is expected to be over by mid-December. The proposed schedule is Monday to Thursday from 8:30 to noon; Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 to 4 or 4:30 and every other Friday.
Due to court holidays, the trial will not be in session on October 12, November 11, November 26 and November 27....
The jury trial is scheduled for September 28 with a jury panel scheduled for September 29.
Mr. Kevin Robinson from the Public Defender's office is representing Warren in the Eureka case in which he is also charged with the death of Suzanne Seeman and attempted murder of severely injuring two other joggers who were with her. Mr. Robinson has not been present for the last three hearings since the case going to trial is the one in which (Alternate Conflict Counsel's Mr. Glenn Brown) is representing Warren.
Mr. Paul Sequeira, Assistant DA from Mendocino County, is a special prosecutor for this case. He asked Judge Cissna for specifics of the gag order which was issued before he took the case. Ms. Fleming also mentioned it was a general gag order and wanted some clarification. Both have received questions from the press. Judge Cissna responded with no comment. - DETAILS, and some humor, at the link.
◼ Warren murder trial expected to start next week - Will Houston/Times-Standard (image source)
After nearly three years of pretrial hearings, the double murder trial against Jason Anthony Warren, 31, is now likely to proceed into jury selection at the start of next week, according to Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Timothy P. Cissna during a Wednesday afternoon hearing.
While Cissna was officially assigned on Tuesday to hear the trial, the case must still be assigned out to a courtroom, which is set to occur Friday morning.
“I don’t know whether it will get assigned out or not,” Cissna told the attorneys in his courtroom. “... If it is assigned out, we should be ready to proceed on Monday.”
...The trial is estimated to last eight to 10 weeks, including jury selection, if it follows the schedule agreed upon by attorneys and Cissna. Cissna said this schedule would have the trial finished “well before Christmas.”
But due to factors such as the length of the witness list, past media coverage of the case, the length of the trial, and the fact that the trial would occur around the holiday season, Warren’s attorney Glenn Brown of the county Alternate Counsel’s Office said selecting jurors may take much longer than anticipated.
“It’s just an unknown at this point,” Brown said.
◼ Warren facing one trial for two murder charges - Paul Mann/Mad River Union/July 8, 2015
Public Defender Kevin S. Robinson lost his recent motion for separate proceedings in connection with Warren’s alleged beating death of Dorothy Evelyn Ulrich, 47, of Hoopa in the early morning of Sept. 27, 2013; and the alleged vehicular murder shortly thereafter of Humboldt State University geography instructor Suzanne Seemann, mother of two, on Old Arcata Road/Myrtle Avenue, Eureka.
Warren is accused of deliberately running down Seeman and her two jogging companions, Jessica Hunt and Terri Vroman-Little. He allegedly plowed into them in a silver 2005 Kia Spectra he is alleged to have stolen from Ulrich. Both Hunt and Vroman-Little were gravely injured but survived.
Warren is to be prosecuted on four counts, one for Ulrich and counts two, three and four for the other three victims.
Gallegos let him out on a Cruz Waiver, to 'get his affairs in order. That decision cost two people their lives.
Agony for the families: ◼ Family members of the victims in the Jason Warren request Judicial Council action after they learn no Judge has been assigned and there may be another postponement - John Chiv/Words Worth Aug 22, 2015
◼ At long last: Jason Warren trial has a Judge and jury panel to start Sept 29 - John Chiv/Words Worth Sep 17, 2015
◼ Jason Warren Asks to Leave Courtroom; Jury Selection For Murder Trial Set to Begin Sept. 29 - Ryan Burns/Lost Coast Outpost
◼ Attorneys discuss Warren case scheduling concerns - Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard
◼ Jason Warren pretrial hearing continued due to court oopsie moment - John Chiv/Words Worth Sep 16, 2015
◼ Warren pretrial hearing continued to Thursday - Times-Standard Sep 16, 2015
◼ Judge unable to accept Warren murder case assignment - Times-Standard
◼ Warren case reassigned to new judge; trial pushed to Sept. 28 - Times-Standard
◼ Judge Marilyn Miles assigned to Warren murder case - Times-Standard
◼ Letter: Waiting for justice in Warren’s murder trial - Times-Standard
◼ Jason Warren jury trial status to be continued until tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. - John Chiv/Words Worth Sep 1, 2015
◼ Victim's family members not in court, neither was Jason Warren or his other attorney, Mr. Kevin Robinson. - John Chiv/Words Worth Aug 31, 2015
◼ District Attorney Maggie Fleming is prosecuting this case - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ Warren case written ruling on 995 motion to dismiss decision on April 9 - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ In Warren case oral arguments, Robinson goes off on wierd analogy of Malaysian aircraft - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ Assault on victim in Willow Creek aggravating victim's medical condition - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ Vincent Sanchez arrested in double murder homicide on Harris - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ A Capital Question: A May trial could bring the death penalty debate to the foreground in the DA race - Thadeus Greenson/The Journal
◼ Death Penalty in Warren case that may be dismissed but Tree gets a pass, what is Paul's thought process? - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ There were supposed to be oral arguments in the Jason Warren case today. - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ He is being held to answer on two counts of murder, two counts of attempted pre-meditated murder, and two special allegation charges for lying in wait and torture. If convicted he could receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. - KIEM (Video report, not embeddable)
◼ CHP to DA: Jogger’s Death Was Murder - Heidi Walters/The Journal
◼ CHP requesting murder, attempted murder, animal cruelty charges in hit-and-run deaths - From the CHP via Times Standard
◼ CHP Recommends Murder Charge In Seeman Death - Arcata Eye
◼ Who is Jason Anthony Warren? - Two Rivers Tribune