Judge is going to think on the defense 2nd paragraph for this instruction. no ruling today
Next is #19: "Informational instruction" about NGRI commitment of defendant
Defense version was titled "informational instruction on commitment procedure"
Defense argues that the standard instruction doesn't "convey just how difficult it is and what the procedures are for someone to be released from custody following a finding of NGRI"
Spengler alludes to the video they're going to show of the defendant in jail falling
Judge says this is the only instruction for informational purposes only that he is aware of
Judge explaining how the jury was already taught this information
Judge doesn't believe he has the authority to change this, but also doesn't share the concerns expressed by defense
Makes it clear that the court makes the final determination that someone found NGRI can be released
Defense asking that the instruction reference CMHIP, where gunman would be committed if found NGRI
Prosecution objects to adding the word "secure" before hospitalization
@LoriButterfield: Very kind!
Judge resumes with discussion of that instruction
@debitwo: We're just starting to take that consideration. I'm not ready with a full plan yet