The Chicago Tribune has set up a live blog, written by Bob Secter and Jeff Coen, of the government’s criminal case against Tony Rezko. The blog promises daily, "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of the Rezko trial — click here for background on the case from the Tribune. This case does not have an intellectual property angle that I am aware of, but it provides an excellent view of a trial as seen through the eyes of non-lawyers, a very important perspective for litigators. Additionally, Judge St. Eve gets at least her share of IP cases — click here for discussion of Judge St. Eve’s opinions in the Blog’s archives.*
Here is some of the Tribune’s coverage of the voir dire from yesterday, largely performed by the Court:
Another potential juror, No. 475, teaches cooking classes, often on Fridays. St. Eve sounded as if she was ready to work with the cooking teacher to accommodate her schedule. "If we structured the trial so that it would go Mondays through Thursday and not have trial on Fridays, the days you have cooking classes, would that be good for you?" the judge asked.
Some of St. Eve’s questions were more chatty than legal. The cooking teacher, for example, was asked what was on the menu at her next class. The answer: Beef Bourguignon and mashed potatoes.
Another juror was asked where she liked to go snowboarding. Still another was asked about her desire to learn Spanish. "Have you learned any words yet?" the judge asked.
"Just the bad things," the woman responded.
St. Eve also complimented No. 475 on an answer the prospective juror gave to a presubmitted question about whether people who contribute to a campaign should expect something in return. "A thank-you would be nice," the woman wrote.
I will keep an eye on the Tribune’s blog and will highlight other especially interesting items from it.
* Judge St. Eve also gets her share of high profile cases. She must be tired of the publicity after having the Conrad Black trial and now the Rezko trial within twelve months of each other.