Judge Conn to Pic: Enough’s Enough
Earlier this month, there was a hearing in Kingman AZ on Pic’s motion to take depositions of Sam Brower and Dan Fischer. Various attorneys representing Brower and Fischer and others appeared and argued in opposition to Pic’s motion. Brower had already given two 2-hour voluntary interviews to Pic and Fischer had done at least one interview and produced piles of financial documents at Pic’s request.
Appropriately, Judge Conn ruled that Brower and Fischer had already cooperated and answered any relevant questions asked by Pic. Thank goodness Pic will not be permitted to continue to harass the State’s witnesses and experts into retreat. This is an important ruling — Pic has not really been opposed before now when he has made absurd requests to harass witnesses. He has played out that defense strategy as much as he’s going to. He might actually have to proceed to trial one of these days.
At the hearing on December 11, there was also an agreement among the attorneys to allow Judge Conn to rule on Pic’s motion to take Carolyn Jessop’s depostion based on the pleadings and without holding a hearing. In Conn’s ruling below, he also denies Pic’s motion to depose Carolyn Jessop, finding that she has given all the information that is necessary. Although Conn does not come out and say it, implicit in the ruling is Conn’s awareness that Pic is abusing the rules of procedure in order to harass these witnesses. Recall that Carolyn had previously withdrawn her participation as a witness for the State based on Pic’s out of control requests for interviews and deposition and production of documents — it was clear that Pic was not going to let up until he was stopped. He has now been stopped.
Word on the street is that Carolyn is now fired up once again about testifying against Warren for the State since she no longer has to worry about Pic smearing her and harassing her. That’s a good result!
Congrats to Matt Smith, Sam Brower, Dan Fischer and Carolyn Jessop.