Friday, January 9, 2009

Quick Harlow and Joe Update

While it would appear that nothing much is happening right now... it's actually been a busy day 'behind the scenes' today:

Harlow Cuadra's attorneys have filed their findings of fact and conclusion of law, for the motion to suppress evidence seized from the BMW. Meanwhile... Joseph Kerekes has to pay some more money, including the bill for a computer forensic expert, expert psychiatrist, and expert criminologist. This is in addition to the $655.73 and other fines he's already been ordered to restitute, after pleading guily to second-degree murder last month.

I'll detail both of these stories within the next few days.

Update 1/10/09: According to the Times Leader: A Luzerne County judge recently approved payments of more than $7,300 for two experts and a surveillance company hired by attorneys for homicide suspect Joseph Kerekes.

Kerekes, 34, was sentenced on Dec. 8 to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of Bryan Kocis, 44, in January 2007.

Kerekes’ attorneys, Shelley Centini and John Pike, hired forensic psychiatrist Dr. Richard E. Fischbein, of Kingston, Dr. Robert Johnson, of Herndon, Va., and Surveillance Technology Group, Inc., of North Wales, to assist in the defense.

According to receipts submitted to Court of Common Pleas Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr.:

Fischbein submitted a bill on Dec. 9 for $1,920, which included a review of a report by psychiatric expert Dr. John O’Brien, a telephone interview with Kerekes’ parents, and a meeting with Centini and Pike.

Johnson, a criminologist, submitted a bill on Dec. 17 for $400, which included a one-hour review of files and research on prison adjustment.

Surveillance Technology Group was hired as a computer forensic expert, and submitted a bill on Dec. 13 for $4,990.16, which included 41 hours of reviewing investigative records.

Olszewski on Jan. 3 approved the payments to Fischbein, Johnson and Surveillance Technology. Olszewski’s orders that approved the payments were released on Friday.