Evil on trial: UPDATE — Christopher Thompson takes the stand

According to cyclist/attorney DJwheels, Dr. Christopher Thompson took the stand for the final 10 minutes of testimony this afternoon.

The defendant in the Mandeville Canyon case is accused of intentionally slamming on the his brakes in front of two cyclists on July 4, 2008, resulting in significant injuries to both riders, as well as another incident in which the riders escaped injury. So far, the only questions have been about his medical background; the judge has urged the defense attorney to keep questions relevant to the case.

Thompson will resume testimony at 10:30 am tomorrow; it’s expected to take approximately 2 hours, with cross examination projected to last an additional 2 hours. Court will recess at noon, and resume from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Closing arguments will most likely begin Thursday morning; the case should go to the jury by Thursday afternoon.

The trial is open to the public, at Department C of the Airport Courthouse, 11701 South La Cienega Blvd just below Imperial Highway; click here for map.

Scroll down or click here for an earlier an earlier update, with more details from yesterday’s testimony.

Final arguments have concluded and the trial has gone to the jury; court is closed today, with deliberations scheduled to resume on Monday. You can read about Thompson’s testimony in the L.A. Times and VeloNews. I should have a detailed warp-up by Friday evening.

More coverage of the previous two days’ testimony on VeloNews.


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  2. hmmmmm says:

    what breaks did he slam again?

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  4. Digital Dame says:

    Thanks for keeping us posted on this. I’ve been referring people to your blog when they come by mine looking for info.

    • bikinginla says:

      Thanks, Dame, much appreciated. By the way, love the tagline on your blog — best laugh I’ve had all day!

  5. Digital Dame says:

    Heh, oh yeah, I forgot my name links to that one. I have a more bike-centric blog (digitaldame.wordpress.com). Might make more sense in context of people looking for cycling news.

    Glad I could give you a chuckle 😉

  6. militantcyclist says:

    It is absolutely astounding how many motorists get off with a slap on the wrist for hitting and in some cases killing cyclists. I will never understand the american “justice” system.

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