UPDATE

2:36 pm – Television media is all over the Barbra McCarthy pumping story.  Requests for comment by the judge were reportedly met by the JA with a message along the lines that the transcript would be available later today to help explain the full picture.

We had a very brief chance to review a few pages of the computerized transcript over the court reporter’s shoulder, and it seems to indicate a discussion during which it was clear that the lawyer in question would have to exit the courtroom to express her breast milk.  A request to take a screen shot was denied.  Whether or not the word “recess” was used wasn’t readily apparent, and McCarthy did offer some supportive words of understanding while seemingly making it clear that the trial shouldn’t stop.

Again, it was a very quick review of the record, we don’t have a copy, and since it’s not audio as in other courtrooms, the tone of the conversation is not discernible.  Ultimately we’re told the lawyer did leave the courtroom on two occasions to pump during different days of the trial, so at some point during the proceedings the Defendant would have been without the eyes and ears of one of his lawyers.  As stated before, whether it’s an appeal issue would depend on the full circumstances and a full reading of the entire trial transcript.

The case is State v. Anthony Searcy, 14-011944-CF10A.  A verdict was reached on April 13, 2018, not last week as previously reported.  The State failed to prove the charge of Burglary Dwelling, finding Mr. Searcy guilty of the lesser included offense of Trespass …

EHRLICH GONE Merrilee Ehrlich is not staying until June 30th, notifying Jack Tuter via email today that her retirement is effective as of 5:00 PM today …