Defense case in Arditti trial to begi...

Defense case in Arditti trial to begin at 1 p.m.

There are 11 comments on the El Paso Times story from May 10, 2011, titled Defense case in Arditti trial to begin at 1 p.m.. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

The defense will begin its case at 1 p.m. today in the trial of suspended state District Court Judge Regina Arditti.

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Directed Guilty Verdict

Laguna Hills, CA

#1 May 10, 2011
Waste of time, the broad is guilty as sin. That what she gets for having a dimwit and lazy bum of a son who could not get a job on his own if his mom's life depended on it. OH! It does!
Tomas

El Paso, TX

#2 May 10, 2011
Ha ha is that their strategy. Weak defense team. Wonder what they'll say when she is found guilty this week.
notachance

El Paso, TX

#3 May 10, 2011
Not a chance she will be found guilty. The entire case is circumstantial and heresy.

No video, no written agreement, nada; just a bunch of gossip from her political enemies. This is clearly a political prosecution.

The State provided one witness who testified to having "knowledge" of any agreement and this guy gets "lap dances" in lieu of fees at cheap motels from strippers. The same witness also committed perjury either during questioning by the FBI or in the court room because his original story is that he knew NOTHING of any agreement; of course that story change when the FBI threatened charges and then suddenly he "remembered" an "agreement".

What a joke.
notachance

El Paso, TX

#4 May 10, 2011
hearsay
Jose Luis

El Paso, TX

#5 May 10, 2011
Interesting, Arditti wasn't called. She doesn't have to testify, but the 5th Amendment notwithstanding, the jury wants to hear the defendant say she didn't do it. The defense must think there's a solid appellate issue. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
So true

Casper, WY

#6 May 10, 2011
From what I've heard so far, the prosecution's case was terrible: their witnesses actually show that Judge Arditti did not have an agreement with Manny Barraza.
james russell ret

El Paso, TX

#7 May 10, 2011
The prosecution did show that Barraza did have agreement with her whether or not she agreed with him to have him hire her son. Seems she hired one of his family. The problem with Arditti's son is that he was hired without placing an application prior to getting hired and having to fill one out afterward. Strange Caballero or Leeds did not call anyone to the defense side. She may get found guilty but if it goes to appeals then there will be a re-trail.
Courthouse lawyer

El Paso, TX

#8 May 10, 2011
Jose Luis wrote:
Interesting, Arditti wasn't called. She doesn't have to testify, but the 5th Amendment notwithstanding, the jury wants to hear the defendant say she didn't do it. The defense must think there's a solid appellate issue. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Arditti already said she didn't do it by pleading not guilty. Based on courthouse rumors, I thought that Judge Peca was the state's primary witness. Was he even called to testify? Based on what I've seen I think Arditti is going back to work.
tfrensley

Pomerene, AZ

#9 May 10, 2011
notachance wrote:
Not a chance she will be found guilty. The entire case is circumstantial and heresy.
No video, no written agreement, nada; just a bunch of gossip from her political enemies. This is clearly a political prosecution.
The State provided one witness who testified to having "knowledge" of any agreement and this guy gets "lap dances" in lieu of fees at cheap motels from strippers. The same witness also committed perjury either during questioning by the FBI or in the court room because his original story is that he knew NOTHING of any agreement; of course that story change when the FBI threatened charges and then suddenly he "remembered" an "agreement".
What a joke.
i believe that should be hearsay. this is no an inquisitional process of the church
notachance

El Paso, TX

#10 May 10, 2011
james russell ret:

Judges hire and fire at will. There is not a process for hiring their staff. It was covered during the trial.
So true

Casper, WY

#11 May 11, 2011
Directed Guilty Verdict wrote:
Waste of time, the broad is guilty as sin. That what she gets for having a dimwit and lazy bum of a son who could not get a job on his own if his mom's life depended on it. OH! It does!
Except that Dante Vance (her son) testified that she did NOT help him get that job. He testified that she specifically asked him NOT to apply for it! As far as being a "lazy bum" -- he testified that he worked as a construction worker in Indiana and he's held various other jobs. I find it interesting that people who haven't actually watched the trial presume to know anything.

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