Comments on: Morgan Junction murder trial: Prosecution rests, defense begins http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/ West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:32:37 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Erin http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1270184 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:42:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1270184 Thanks WSB, I appreciate your response. Looking forward to the update. (I was aware of the sick days, that’s why I specifically mentioned Thursdays proceedings)

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1270058 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:06:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1270058 I am writing and publishing that story today. Just haven’t had time. We work 24/7 and the news doesn’t stop for us to catch up. It’s not tiresome … just time-consuming (including the 2 hours or so to turn each day’s notes into a story) … but I decided unilaterally to take this on and will be seeing it through to the verdict (and of course anything beyond). Each story has been and will be published before the next day’s proceedings. Last week there were only two court sessions because the judge was out sick Monday and a prosecutor was out sick Tuesday (as mentioned in short updates each day) – TR

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By: Erin http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1270051 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:56:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1270051 What’s going on? What happened on Thursday? I expect that you will provide equal coverage of the defense, in a timely manner., just as you have provided coverage of the prosecution. I know it’s probably becoming a tiresome process going to court in town 4 days a week for the last few weeks. Perhaps that’s why the prosecution goes first, to make people tired by the time the defense comes around. That being said..your coverage has been stellar for the last few weeks.

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1268654 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:03:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1268654 Thanks, WSC!

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By: wscommuter http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1268637 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:40:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1268637 Public defenders are appointed not just for the truly poor. King County’s Office of Public Defense, which administers and screens public defense assignments does an intake on a person requiring disclosure of financial information. There is a sliding fee scale for those who can afford some, but not all legal fees. So many people who have a public defender are paying part of the fees themselves, and the rest are subsidized by the OPD budget.

To put this in context, for a murder trial like this, a privately retained lawyer’s fee would be $50,000-$75,000 (and that is a low amount, because this was a simple case without a lot of forensic issues).

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1268588 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:38:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1268588 IR – His lawyers are from the Public Defense Association: http://www.defender.org/about
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I am not privy to personal details other than what’s emerged in court but while he drove a BMW, I haven’t seen any other indications of a “prosperous lifestyle.” Seemed more solidly middle-class. His Gatewood neighborhood is full of WWII-era bungalows; his home was purchased in 1993 and, having bought a warbox about half a mile away that same year, I can tell you things were pretty affordable then. He ran a couple of small businesses from his house, after having been a laborer for some years and then, according to Thursday testimony (story to come as soon as I can get to it, and I hope that means today), suffering a back injury. Anyway, your question raises an interesting point about criteria for publicly funded defense. I would just guess, before researching, that if you are charged with murder, there’s a lower bar for meriting it … will look all this up later (we have some legal experts in the readership but I have no guarantee they’ll see this and weigh in) … Tracy

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By: interested reader http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1268581 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:28:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1268581 I was just wondering, but is Mr. Chambers represented by a public defender? If so, why? He apparently had a relatively prosperous lifestyle.

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By: Skeptic http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/morgan-junction-murder-trial-prosecution-rests-defense-begins/#comment-1268109 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:21:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268214#comment-1268109 The defense seems pretty desperate to discredit the defendant’s own incriminating behavior when questioned after the shooting. PTSD? Really? I hope the jury realizes that there are a hundred OTHER possible reasons as well. I’m very interested to hear the rest of the details of this trial. Thanks WSB for the excellent reporting on this story.

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