Collin Finnerty Trial Judge: Blog Gossip Fan?
Is D.C. Superior Court Judge John Bayly a secret blog addict?
As today's testimony drew to a close in the Collin Finnerty assault trial in D.C. Superior Court, Judge Bayly told the lawyers he had one last matter to take up with them before adjourning:
A blog item had come to the judge's attention reporting that Finnerty, 19, had been sighted at a Glover Park party earlier this month--which would be a violation of the judge's order that the Duke University lacrosse player adhere to a 9 p.m. curfew and stay away from alcohol. The judge sternly spelled out the blog posting to the courtroom, saying that the report appeared on "something called Wonkette."
Defense lawyer Steven McCool immediately denied the allegation: "Wonkette doesn't know what they're talking about." McCool said Finnerty, who has been indicted on rape charges in the Duke lacrosse/exotic dancer case, wasn't even in Washington this weekend, but rather was at home in New York.
But Bayly had misquoted the Wonkette item, which claimed on the basis of an unnamed tipster's email that Finnerty had been seen at a party back on July 1, not this past Saturday night, as the judge relayed it to the lawyers.
Bayly was not satisfied with the defense response: "I want to let you know I'm going to look into it," he said.
Why was the judge making a fuss over a blind item in a blog that specializes in uncorroborated, unsourced gossip? It sounded like Bayly didn't even have a clear handle on exactly what a blog was. Would he have brought this up in open court if his clerk had simply heard a rumor repeated while riding in on the Metro this morning?
Before his indictment in North Carolina, Finnerty, like the other suspects in the Georgetown assault case, was headed for a diversion program under which the misdemeanor charge would have been dropped in exchange for the defendants doing some community service and staying out of trouble. But that deal was revoked for Finnerty in light of his legal troubles in the Duke case.
The trial continues tomorrow.
Please email us to report offensive comments.
Posted by: Very funny | July 10, 2006 10:08 PM
Posted by: Seahawk | July 10, 2006 10:40 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2006 6:19 AM
Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2006 9:39 AM
Posted by: Howard | July 11, 2006 9:53 AM
Posted by: h3 | July 11, 2006 10:31 AM
Posted by: Marco2006 | July 11, 2006 3:02 PM
Posted by: Mitch | July 11, 2006 3:14 PM
Posted by: pda | July 11, 2006 10:13 PM
Posted by: calling it like i see it | July 11, 2006 11:11 PM
Posted by: Looking into it | July 12, 2006 11:46 AM
Posted by: jmsbh | July 12, 2006 3:37 PM
The comments to this entry are closed.