Satellite trucks filled Court Square for a Huguely preliminary hearing, and more are expected for the February trial.
The trial opens February 6 in Charlottesville Circuit Court.
Pretrial publicity remains a concern for the defense in the upcoming murder trial of former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely for the death of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love.
In a hearing Thursday, January 26, Judge Edward Hogshire ruled that the jury will not be sequestered during the anticipated two-week trial, and he went over a plan of how 12 jurors and three alternatives will be chosen from the 160 people ordered to appear in court February 6 and 7.
"This is not a run-of-the-mill case," saysdefense attorney Rhonda Quagliana. "The number of people who know nothing of this case is very small." She wants to ask potential jurors not only what they've heard about the case, but whether they have pre-formed opinions about it.
The judge also ruled on the media plan for handling the 155 reporters who have requested credentials for the trial, ordering that exhibits will not be available until after the trial.
He also ruled that Love's medical records are admissible as evidence except for one particular record that had been argued in his chambers, and says that he'll rule on that during the trial.
Hogshire granted the defense's motion to have its own stenographer. Where video equipment would go was another matter taken up. "Please don't bring anything the jury can't see or hear," says Hogshire, referring to a problem recording played the previous week at the second-degree murder trial of Barry Bowles, who was convicted of stabbing his wife.
"No cellphones will be allowed in the courtroom under any circumstances," says Hogshire. Nor will they be allowed in an auxiliary media room where proceedings will be transmitted on closed circuit for fear reporters would broadcast the trial. On that ban, both the the prosecution and defense agreed.
And just in case any other pre-trial issues need to be addressed, Hogshire set another hearing for February 3.