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[By Tashina Manyak | 24 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments]
The above is a just-released cell phone photo Oscar Grant took of Johannes Mehserle in the moments before the former BART Police officer fatally shot him in the back.

(6/24) — UPDATED 20:00 PDT — LOS ANGELES — In a surprise move Thursday afternoon, former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who shot and killed an unarmed train passenger at the Fruitvale BART station on January 1, 2009, took the witness stand and testified in his own defense.

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[By Tashina Manyak | 23 Jun 2010 | Comments Off]

(6/24) — UPDATED 01:42 PDT — LOS ANGELES — An expert witness brought to the stand by the defense for Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer being tried for murder in the shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, said Wednesday that videos of the incident showed that Grant and his friends were behaving aggressively that night, not BART Police officers.

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[By Tashina Manyak | 9 Jun 2010 | Comments Off]
Jack Bryson and Zeporia Smith speak with reporters outside the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse following today's session.

The prosecution in the second-degree murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle will be allowed to present into evidence a cell phone photo Oscar Grant took which depicts Mehserle holding a Taser moments before pulling out his gun and shooting Grant.

The image can be presented due to a ruling Judge Robert Perry made to permit Grant’s girlfriend, who received the photo, to testify.

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[By Steven Luo | 8 Jun 2010 | Comments Off]
Former BART Police Officer Tony Pirone seen at the Fruitvale BART station on witness video. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The prosecution in the second-degree murder trial of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer who shot and killed unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, is opposing defense requests to exclude evidence of the use of a racial slur shortly before the shooting and testimony from the mother of Grant’s child from the trial, according to documents made public yesterday by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Meanwhile, the defense is now seeking to prevent the use of a synchronized compilation of videos of the shooting made by the prosecution at trial.

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[By Steven Luo | 1 Jun 2010 | Comments Off]

(6/1) — 12:15 PDT — LOS ANGELES — The judge in the second-degree murder trial of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer who shot unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, ruled today that the testimony of a key defense expert witness would be allowed at trial.

Judge Robert Perry also ruled that Grant family attorney John Burris is subject to the gag order covering trial participants, even though he is unlikely to be called as a witness in the trial.

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[By Steven Luo | 17 May 2010 | Comments Off]
The defense attorney representing Oscar Grant's family, John Burris, addresses reporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse during a pre-trial hearing for former BART officer Johannes Mehserle. (Photo by James Keith/ CALIFORNIA BEAT FILE)

The attorney for BART shooting victim Oscar Grant’s family said Monday that he would fight a legal request by the defense for Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer charged with second-degree murder for the New Year’s Day 2009 shooting, to compel him to testify as a witness.

In a subpoena request dated May 11, attorney Michael Rains says that John Burris, who represents the Grant family in a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against BART, could provide “testimony concerning threats or intimidation” of witnesses who “may be reluctant to give testimony which would ostensibly be helpful to Mr. Mehserle and harmful to Mr. Grant.”