We meant to publish this last night, apologies for the tardiness and thank you for the messages you’ve all sent supporting us. Also, thank you to those who came yesterday.
Day One Update
Here’s what I remember happening on day one:
- – The judge wished our Chief Legal Officer, David Quinto, a happy birthday
- – After hearing argument from both sides, Judge Birotte decided that Disney can seek DMCA damages as well as copyright damages, but that both will be decided by the jury
- – Jury members were selected to create a fair and impartial jury – this was the most interesting part of the day.
- – – Judge Birotte gave a stirring speech on the right to a trial by jury granted by the United States constitution, shared about his immigration from Haiti and thanked the jurors for being there. (I felt a lot of gratitude for our country during this part)
- – – Twenty potential jurors came to the courtroom and sixteen of them were called at random to sit in the jury box and answer questions
- – – Those he asked individual and group questions to allow the parties to learn about them
- – – One juror asked to answer a question privately and the judge created a static sound and met with the judge off to the side (the court reporter still recorded what was being said)
- – – After a fair amount of discussion with counsel from both sides (again with the static sound playing), the judge eliminated eight jury members
- – – 8 jury members were then sworn in
- – Judge presented the format, which is:
- – – 20 minute opening statements from both sides
- – – up to 6.5 hours of evidence and cross-examination from the Disney
- – – up to 6.5 hours of evidence and cross-examination from VidAngel
- – – rebuttal evidence from Disney if time permits
- – – 40 minute closing statement from Disney
- – – 40 minute closing statement from VidAngel
- – – 10 minute rebuttal from Disney
- – Two witnesses were called to the stand to testify for the studios:
- – – Robert Schumann – expert on technology – about 1 hour for testimony and cross-examination
- – – Tracy Myers – representative from Warner Bros. – about 30 minutes for testimony and cross-examination
The court issued an order excluding witnesses from the trial, which prevents them from having access to the testimony of other witnesses before they testify. Unfortunately for customers and fans, this means we can’t give you access to the daily transcripts yet. But the process is meant to achieve justice so we, of course, will respect it.
So that’s all the detail I can muster for now. Join us in the courtroom to experience the trial first hand.
Evidence Time Remaining:
Disney: about 5 hours 30 minutes
VidAngel: about 6 hours
Day Two Schedule
Location: United States Courthouse, Courtroom 7B, West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA