The result of the Trial Setting Conference held on 7/10/20 in the case involving 32 counts that George Mulligan of Valley Springs engaged in sexual activity with minors was continued until 8/3/20.
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The impact of the covid virus on investigations of all kinds is significant. We just can’t safely call on witnesses in person or review records in the ways that we used to do.
However, it was recently brought to my attention that polygraphers are being impacted. According to a very experienced source who administered polygraph (lie detector) tests for the FBI, that agency is suspending polygraph testing until as least the end of the year.
It was determined that polygraphers and subjects cannot safely be in tight quarters without masks for extended periods of time.
Law enforcement has long relied on polygraph results when it suits their purpose, including vetting recruits, while at the same time consistently fighting the admission of polygraph tests that support the defense.
For the time being it looks like both sides will be less likely to even offer the option.
An anonymous source informed me that Kenneth Vanderford and Kevin Etherton were found guilty on all charges for the killing of Dorothy Wiederrich and Alan Karl Gregor. The likelihood of that result was apparent when the San Joaquin County Superior Court web site showed the next hearing would be for Sentencing on 6/1/20.
If more details are forthcoming, they will be posted.
I checked the San Joaquin County Superior Court case index today and this case was set to continue this morning. However, an article in local paper reported that the court is closed to all but emergency services effective today. I interpret that to mean that the jury has not come back with a verdict after at least a day and half of deliberating.
I will continue to monitor the case as best I can, but the Lodi newspaper announced it is closing it’s office and that may hamper things.
A source close to the case has let me know that it went to the jury earlier this afternoon.
Nothing of a substantive nature to report on this case. All that is known to those of us not in the courtroom is that the trial is scheduled to continue on Wednesday 3/11/20.
The Calaveras County Superior Court trial of George Edwin Mulligan for numerous counts of child molestation took severe turn this week. The trial was set to begin on 2/19/20, until Mulligan filed a Marsden Motion.
A Marsden Motion is filed by a defendant who wishes to fire his or her attorney on the basis of inadequate representation. Mulligan was/is represented by court appointed attorney David Keith Singer. The specific reasons for Mulligan’s motion are not known at this time and the trial is put on hold until the issue is resolved.
If new counsel is appointed, it should cause a considerable delay, just because that person will have so much material to come up to speed on.
One likely scenario is that Mulligan and Singer disagree on whether Mulligan should take the stand as part of his defense. However, that is a purely speculative theory.
As of 2/21/20, the trial of Kenneth Vanderford and Kevin Etherton for the murders of Dorothy Wiederrich and Alan Gregor will continue on 2/25/20. No other detailed updates have appeared in the local press.
The Calaveras County case for multiple counts of child molestation involving the defendant George Mulligan, continues toward a trial date of 2/19/20. The Trial Readiness Conference went off as scheduled on 2/14/20 and the Trial Confirmation Conference is set for 2/18/20. As of yet, there is no change for the start of the trial on 2/19/20.
The local press doesn’t seem to be covering this double murder case, so all I can pass along is this from the San Joaquin Superior Court web site, “01/30/2020 09:00 AM-Further Jury Trial.”