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Add comment on:Johannes Mehserle's 995 Hearing: video, photos, and court documents including ruling
Mehserle's defense attorney filed a 995 motion to dismiss the murder case against his client, alleging that improper conduct on the part of Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay during the preliminary hearing amounted to a violation of Mehserle's right to a fair trial. Judge Thomas M. Reardon oversaw the 995 hearing on September 4th. During the hearing Reardon seemed a little too chummy with the defense, but he did make clear that he was well versed in the issues of the case, having read all thousand-plus pages of testimony from the preliminary hearing that ended in June as well as having watched the related videos. Unexpectedly, Reardon did not issue a ruling at the hearing itself, but instead decided to submit his ruling in writing the following week in which he declared that the magistrate's conduct during the preliminary hearing was indeed proper and that Mehserle should proceed to trial for murder.
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