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Week 2, Day 6 of SCO v. Novell Trial - The Mistrial Motion, Updated

Mar 16, 2010, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"Chris Brown attended the jury trial today for us in SCO v. Novell, and he has the details about the mistrial motion, the denial of the motion to allow evidence, and there was testimony today from Kim Madsen and Darl McBride and a deposition played of Steven Sabbath. The mistrial was related to the denial of Novell's motion to allow evidence. The judge said what SCO told the jury was inappropriate, and he merely warned SCO not to go "close to the line again." I'm sure SCO will mend its ways immediately.

"Chris's report, Part 1:

"Part 1: Denial of Novell's Motion to Allow Evidence, Witness Testimony of Kimberly Madsen

"First discussed this morning, before the jury was brought in, was Novell's motion to allow evidence relating to SCO's statements during opening that Novell continues to slander SCO's title to this day. Judge Stewart denied the motion saying that the court believes SCO's statements made during opening were unwise and inappropriate, but do not open the door to allowing the other court's statements to be admitted. He believes it would be confusing to the jury to educate them on the factual history of the case. He admonished SCO to be careful not to come "close to the line" again.

"Novell's Mr. Sterling Brennen then moved for a mistrial for the reasons outlined in their motion, and SCO's Stuart Singer requested the motion be denied. Judge Steward denied the motion."

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