Good morning. Remember that we expect the attorneys to begin work at 9 today. Jurors will arrive at 1p for instructions and closing arguments
@TammyGarrison: It is! I'll fix that
Judge said he'd start work with the attorneys around this time, but no signal yet. We'll let you know ASAP
Judge Samour is here now, They're starting
Judge starts by making record that juror 87, seat 6, walked out of the courtroom with her notebook. Barely got out of the building before turning around and handing it to sergeant
Deputy and Sergeant did not open the notebook. "They treated it in fact like a hot potato"
3rd draft of the instructions emailed to the attorneys last night
Judge says he did research on the "mercy issue" regarding how the court has sided with the people against the defense suggestion that jurors should have instruction they can consider mercy. "Not mercy in a vacuum"
@friendjammercjamminfriend: Because he already has to be shackled to the floor before the judge arrives
Judge reading citations from his research, supporting his position against the defense request
@nycgirl: Plan for jury to arrive at 1 for instructions, an hour later they'll start closings
@caz: I noticed that too. It is probably a camera setting, but outside our control
Judge also making a note about the verdict forms discussion