Cecily McMillan Trial Update, Judge Rules Against Defense

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Judge Confirms Decision Denying Access To Officer Bovell’s Personnel Files, Forbids Supporters From Wearing Pink Hand Over Their Breast To Highlight Alleged Sexual Attack On McMillan

Cecily McMillan courtroom scene by Molly Crabapple of earlier motions hearing, from www.CreativeResistance.

Cecily McMillan courtroom scene by Molly Crabapple, www.MollyCrabapple.com, earlier motions hearing, from www.CreativeResistance.

Cecily McMillan, accompanied by approximately 50 supporters, was back in court April 7th for pre-trial motions. Judge Zweibel upheld hisprevious decision on motion 50-4(a), denying access again to Officer Grantley Bovell’s personnel files, on the grounds that this previous history of excessive force and corruption are not relevant to the case at hand. The DA argued that none of these cases were substantiated due to the recommendation from the internal affairs bureau, an arm of the NYPD.

Cecily McMillan with attorney Marty Stoler press conference first day of trial. From Justice4Cecily Facebook page.

Cecily McMillan with attorney Marty Stoler press conference first day of trial. From Justice4Cecily Facebook page.

Approximately 50 supporters showed up to court this morning. Many were wearing a pink hand over their right breast, signifying solidarity with Cecily, who was sexually assaulted in this exact manner by Officer Bovell the night of M17. Judge Zweibel ordered that these signs of solidarity would be forbidden in the court room, as the claim of sexual assault is “unsubstantiated” since Cecily never reported this incident to the IAB directly.

Cecily McMillan pink hand protest banned by the judge. Photo by Cecily McMillan pink hand protest.

Cecily McMillan pink hand protest banned by the judge. Photo by Cecily McMillan pink hand protest.

Jury selection was postponed due to a supposed lack of potential jurors in the building. It will begin tomorrow morning, Tuesday, April 8th at9:30am at 100 Centre St, Room 1116, Part 41.

We aren’t entirely sure how quickly or slowly things will move, but here’s a tentative schedule of events – we’ll update as we can:

April 7th - Admissions of Evidence

April 8th - Jury Selection

April 9th - Opening Arguments

April 11th - Prosecution Case

April 14th - Defense Case

April 15th - Defense Witnesses

April 16th - Closing Arguments

April 18th - Jury Deliberation