SAN BERNARDINO – A Superior Court judge has ruled that residents from the local mountains and northern portions of San Bernardino and Highland will not be among potential jurors in the upcoming trial for suspected Old Fire arsonist Rickie Lee Fowler.
In discussions Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court over a defense motion to exclude jurors from those areas, Judge Michael A. Smith acknowledged that residents in those areas may be “particularly more sensitive” to fire issues.
Lawyers grappled with the idea during court appearance for Fowler where discussions occurred about how best to exclude residents from the pool of potential jurors who may been evacuated, impacted or even lost a home during the devastating wildfire. Continue reading →
Defense lawyers for Old Fire suspect Rickie Lee Fowler have filed a 170-page motion seeking dismissal of the Grand Jury indictment against him.
The motion alleges prosecutors failed to present exculpatory evidence – evidence that tends to show a person should not be indicted – to a criminal Grand Jury that was assembled in August 2009 to hear witness testimony about the 2003 deadly and devastating wildfire.
The motion from lawyers Donald Jordan and Michael Belter, which was authored by Jordan, was briefly discussed Monday at Fowler’s scheduled appearance before Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court.