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[By Tashina Manyak | 29 Jun 2010 | No Comments]
Wanda Johnson speaks with reporters on Tuesday after the judge in the case called a recess when she sobbed uncontrollably during a witness's testimony. (Tashina Manyak / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(6/29) — 21:15 PDT — LOS ANGELES — Both sides finished presenting evidence Tuesday during a sometimes emotional day of testimony in the murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fatally shot unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 28 Jun 2010 | No Comments]

(6/28) — 20:18 PDT — LOS ANGELES — An expert witness retained by the defense for Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant, said today that he had no doubt that Mehserle would have been justified in Tasing Grant because he was resisting being handcuffed.

But during a rough cross examination, retired LAPD Captain Greg Meyer, a police trainer who is an expert on Tasers and use of force by police officers, revealed a seeming lack of familiarity with the details of the case.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Steven Luo | 17 May 2010 | No Comments]
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.”

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Steven Luo | 7 May 2010 | No Comments]
Protesters gathered outside the Downtown Los Angeles courthouse where the trial for Johannes Mehserle is taking place on May 7, 2010. (James Keith/  CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

(05/08) 21:24 PM PDT — LOS ANGELES — A pre-trial hearing Friday in the second-degree murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle provided few fireworks, but yielded several key rulings that could influence the outcome of what is expected to be a highly complex trial.

Judge Robert Perry denied the defense’s motion to permit police officers to serve on the jury and granted most of the prosecution’s requests to limit the scope of expert testimony by two witnesses who are expected to be critical to the defense’s case.