Reiser trial delayed

November 5, 2007

The Reiser trial was set to begin today at 10:00am in Oakland, but the judge postponed the trial until tomorrow. Attorneys for both sides say they cannot discuss the reasons why, but it’s likely due to the amount of press at the trial. Newspapers from the San Francisco Chronicle, which ran the story as the headline news yesterday, to the Moscow Times have picked up the reporting of the trial, and legal experts say it will be very interesting.

Overall the media coverage of the trial seems to be in favor of Reiser; most of the headlines make explicit note of the fact that there is no body, which despite multiple searches by police and help from friends of Nina, is still nowhere to be found. Reiser’s lawyers say they plan to lay out evidence that Nina is most likely in Russia with her children, as we here at have been saying all along.

One hurdle for Reiser’s defense is the fact that whenever he opens his mouth he sounds like a nutcase, or at least the reporters seem to pick sound bytes which convey that impression. His attorneys have stated that they do not want him to testify, yet he is insisting on doing so, and even considering firing his attorneys for not letting him speak. Perhaps he can make an excellent argument, considering that he has memorized nine thousand pages of discovery and can quote pieces of it by page number, combined with the fact he has nothing to do all day but work on his defense.

So far, things are looking good for Reiser, we suspect he will be acquitted before long. For more coverage, here are some news stories regarding the trial:


ABC News (has some great videos of TV coverage of the story)

Chronicle front page article

Mention in the Moscow Times

Interestingly enough, none of the coverage lately has mentioned Mr. Sturgeon, Nina’s ex-boyfriend who admitted to killing eight people.

We hope to bring you some coverage from the trial, stay tuned for updates.


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