Anand Jon Hearing Crawls Along
Today's hearing into possible prosecutorial misconduct that occured in the months following Anand Jon's conviction on multiple counts of sexual assault crawled along this morning. Defense lawyer Ronald Richards didn't so much grill as sauté D.A. investigators Chandera Parker and Ronald Valdivia about their roles in intercepting Juror No. 12, Alvin Dymally, as he tried to meet with Jon's sister, Sanjana, in an L.A. Starbucks last January.
Dymally became a possible subject of investigation when he contacted Sanjana during and after the trial. The defense team had Jon's sister wired to secretly record her conversation with Dymally to learn what he had on his mind, but never got the chance, once the D.A.'s people scared off the maverick juror.
The defense is seeking a new trial of Jon without the participation of anyone from the L.A. District Attorney's office, which Jon's lawyers claim is tainted because of the misconduct they allege prosecutors and investigators engaged by stopping Dymally before he could enter the Starbucks. Following his flustered encounter with the D.A. officers, he left the scene without speaking to Sanjana Jon.
Under Richards' questioning, this morning's session was an excruciating, step by step examination of the roles Parker and Valdivia played in the interception. Things should perk up this afternoon when the defense will question higher ups in the D.A.'s office and Judge David Wesley delves into a flyer containing salacious photos of Jon's female accusers -- along with their names and ages -- that has allegedly been distributed by Sanjana Jon. It reportedly bears the edifying title, "Prostitutes for the Prosecution Against Anand Jon."