Friday, February 15, 2008

Keeping Track... Motions Filed (Redux)

If Judge Peter Paul Olszewski didn't already have a enough on his plate for this upcoming status conference on 02/20/08... this past week certainly piled on a bit more for him to digest. Here's what's been filed to date, and still awaiting a ruling from the judge (needless to say the upcoming hearing on Wednesday should be interesting and enlightening):

Joseph Kerekes' attorneys have filed the following requests:
  1. Move the trial out of Luzerne County.
  2. Have a separate trial for Kerekes and co-defendant Harlow Cuadra.
  3. Prevent the prosecutors from using any statements Kerekes made to police, the contents of any conversations recorded at a California beach, and the contents of any evidence seized from Kerekes' e-mail account and Virginia home.
  4. Keep any past criminal record of Kerekes out of trial.
  5. Prosecutors need to indicate whether they believe Kerekes was the principal killer, accomplice, or co-conspirator.
  6. All the charges tossed out and Kerekes released from prison.
  7. Wants the judge to sanction prosecutors by prohibiting them from "introducing evidence of any alibi rebuttal witness" or have them properly comply with he state's rules on the issue.
  8. A copy of statements the 385 witnesses gave to prosecutors.
Meanwhile, Harlow Cuadra's attorney(s) filed (There's been several now):
  1. Harlow be transferred from the Lackawanna County prison to Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
  2. Fannick be given more time to file pre-trial motions.
  3. A deadline set for prosecutors to turn over all materials Fannick is entitled to see.
  4. Fannick wants all statements made by witnesses to the prosecution turned over to him.
  5. Request to keep Harlow at the Lackawanna County prison.

... and the Prosecution has filed the following motions:

  1. To amend the wording in criminal conspiracy to commit arson charges filed against both men.
  2. Fannick should be disqualified from the case.

As you can see it's been a busy little time... if I did happen to miss anything, please let me know and I'll be happy to add it to this ever-growing list.

It's unlikely the judge is going to rule on all of these motions Wednesday, but we should be able to get this list reduced a bit by then (hopefully).