As if the huge MS-13 gang prosecution before Northern District Judge William Alsup hasn’t been troublesome enough, enter a technological problem.
Alsup, who has before groused (in filings) about the case’s unprecedented mass (31 defendants, 3,200 recordings in Spanish, etc.), issued an order late Wednesday severing three of the accused.
Defense attorneys Josh Cohen, Jennifer Schwartz and Geri Green won their efforts to get their clients’ trials delayed. But the judge’s reasoning will have to come later.
“Due to a severe computer malfunction, a memorandum opinion explaining these rulings will have to be reconstructed at a later date,” the judge’s brief order reads.
And that came on a day Alsup was trying to get a jury seated.