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"The People are troubled by the defendant's arguments for several reasons." Defense attorney Michael Rains wants to have Johannes Mehserle's murder trial moved out of Alameda County. As such, on September 11th, Rains filed a 75-page motion for a change of venue with thousands of pages of supporting documents, mostly copies and transcripts of every related print and television news story since his client killed Oscar Grant III by shooting him in the back on video. To make its case that the citizens of Alameda county can't fairly be jurors on the case, the defense motion uses illogical and racist arguments, and it includes strange citations of venue change cases from the 1960s where the courts were concerned with African American protesters receiving fair trials in the counties where they were arrested protesting racial injustices. On September 24th, just one day after BAMN held a press conference for the corporate media accusing the District Attorney's office of not working to vigorously challenge Mehserle's change of venue filing, prosecutors David Stein and Michael O'Connor filed their opposition with the court. The opposition is a thorough rebuttal that knocks down each and every argument made by Mehserle's defense team. The hearing to decide if the trial venue should remain in Alameda County will be heard by Superior Court Judge Jacobson at 1pm, Tuesday, October 6th.
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