During the swearing-in ceremony Friday for Judge Gilbert Romero, Presiding Judge Brian Back quipped and cautioned Romero when Commissioner Rocky Baio, who presides over family law cases, helped him take of his coat to put on a black robe.
"He is family law. He might go through your pockets," Back told Romero.
The audience laughed.
Lawyers in Andrew Luster Hearing Get Two Thumbs Up
Retired Judge Kathryne Stoltz complimented Andrew Luster's lawyers Jay Leiderman and David Nick along with prosecutor Michelle Contois on the way their did their job during the habeas corpus hearing that lasted more than a week.
The judge said the lawyers did an outstanding job and her respect for them grew each day of the hearing. She said she "profusely" thanked all three attorneys.
Luster's Three Rape Victims Could Take the Stand Again
Prosecutor Michelle Contois told the Judge Kathryne Stoltz that the victims who Luster drugged and raped could take the stand again and testify against him if she rules that Luster will have a sentencing hearing.
Contois said the state constitution guarantees that victims of crime must be afford the opportunity to attend court during sentencing, and make victim impact statements against defendants.
Luther will also be allowed to admit mitigating evidence if he is granted a sentencing hearing by Judge Kathryne Stoltz.
Defense lawyers said that if Luster gets a 20-year sentence, he will be immediately eligible for parole since he only has to serve 50 percent of the sentence on these kinds of nonviolent, sex crimes.
Luster has been behind bars since 2003.