December 31, 2007

Meet Us at Sidebar

Posted: 11:44 AM ET

Welcome to the first day of In Session and our new blog, Sidebar.

At Sidebar, our distinguished anchors and correspondents will bring you the latest breaking trial news, along with expert legal analysis. We’ll tell you what’s coming up on the docket. Our correspondents and anchors take you behind the scenes. We'll give you our observations, insights, comments and opinions on what is happening in and around America's courtrooms. We are excited about our new home at and look forward to your suggestions and ideas as we continue to develop this new venture

– Marlene Dann
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Paco   January 1st, 2008 2:17 am ET

I will deeply miss Court TV. They have been my beloved station. I am very thankful you are continuing trial coverage. Even if its being cut by 3 hours. I hope you continue to show trials and don't drop them.

denise   January 1st, 2008 10:35 am ET

In Session might work out ok for us court tv junkies, but where are the message boards?

Tammy Lynn Collard   January 1st, 2008 11:28 am ET

From CourtTV's biggest fan (and their worst nightmare):

–Happy New Year and Good Luck to "In Sessions".

I'll see ya'll at the Sidebar.

jacqueline keen   January 1st, 2008 2:15 pm ET

I am so happry that a new home has been created for Court TV. I have been an avid fan for a long time and was very disappointed at the direction Court TV decided to take.
I am looking forward to televised trials and excellent commentary at this new site. I hope you will extend live court coverage until at least 5 pm, eastern time.

margaret   January 1st, 2008 7:28 pm ET

why in the world did you mess with Court TV.This is what we want,please put it back on our televisions and the internet..this is horrible.......give true tv to someone else,we liked it the way it was..

Kathy   January 1st, 2008 8:10 pm ET

Where are the message boards from the court TV website? Many people will miss them if they are gone.

Stacey   January 3rd, 2008 11:16 am ET

I have been a fan of ctv for years and have really enjoyed being able to watch the trials live and chat on the message boards while weighing the evidence. I also enjoy Beth 's updates. Are live trials and message boards available here? I hope so but if not please get it up and running.

JImmy   January 3rd, 2008 2:34 pm ET

Don't ya just love how the big fish gobble everything up...change it, dumb it down, slash the budget and the staff, and make it almost unrecognizable?
One of these days all of the decent news of the world will be available only on your cell phone, with a maximum of eight seconds per story.

Marg Sparshu   January 4th, 2008 3:57 pm ET

I'm totally lost. I can't find my way around this website. Can't find the 13th Juror question, nor how to post to the anchors. Where do I look, I've been all over the place this week but to no avail. Where are the message boards for the trials

Marg Sparshu   January 4th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

tell me how to get into the court case information. Tell me how to find the 13th juror, how do I write to Jami Floyd

Alex   January 6th, 2008 2:15 am ET

This blogging is no substitute for Court TV Extra online trial coverage! And putting Star Jones on every afternoon is just adding insult to injury.

Lois Stanton   January 7th, 2008 2:30 pm ET

OH BROTHER! It is really had to find something to watch on TV that is educational and interesting and court tv was both. I am so disapointed with the new schedule. I really do not need any more psychics or law enforcement blooper shows. The beach police just looks stupid and full of testosterone.
Thanks for keeping some of the court shows and their anchors. I will tune in as long as they are there.

JoJo Collins   January 17th, 2008 6:05 pm ET

I would also like to find the 13th juror. I am a big Fan of Jean Casarez. She has the best information on every case she covers. I like the fact that she always seems unbiased in her reporting while relating the true facts.

Connie Falcon   March 12th, 2008 2:52 pm ET

I too love court tv and wish that in session would stay on longer! How do I find out about the outcome of a trial that I have watched but missed the verdict? Could you please explain to me how to find out?
Thanks from an avid fan.

Gigi   May 30th, 2008 12:42 pm ET

I am sooo discusted by the way Governers and Public officials live in this country. We are struggling to put gas in our cars to get to work and litterally trying to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table! Now you have these public officials living in MANSIONS, THEY HAVE CHOEFERS, THREE MAIDS, DRIVERS, SUVS ON THE TAX PAYERS BACK, THEY LIVE LIKE ROYALTY. FOR GOD SAKES THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE WORKING FOR US, NOT LIVING LIKE KINGS AND WE ARE THE PATHETIC POOR SAPS!

Susie   August 11th, 2008 10:02 am ET

This should show someone how bad your new way of doing things is working – this is the first blogg written here since Gigi wrote on May 30th. Hello, Wake Up and Smell The Coffee. Give us our Court TV back the way it was. When it is not broken – leave it alone.

Shirley J Abele   September 18th, 2008 1:06 pm ET

Jamie Floyd, will you get off of "the Black Man in America". I'm not going to tell you there is equal justice under the lawl, but please........O.J. Simpson is hardly "a black man in america". If he was he'd be so far behind bars years ago.

patricia rose   October 19th, 2008 3:45 pm ET

Please air and cover the Phil Spector Retrial. I think the fact that it is a retrial is interesting because many comparisons can be made.
I am a real fan of all the shows and TIVO them everyday.
My Best, Patricia

John Greene   November 13th, 2008 10:43 am ET

What was result of trial aired yesterday (11/12/08)? How does one find this information?

Ramona   November 13th, 2008 12:32 pm ET

How do I find trials on Tru Tv site? I was watching Elisha Hughes trial, was gone yesterday 11/12/08 and today it's over and I can't find out what happened! I've searched and searched on that site. Also why aren't you covering the Phil Spector Retrial?

Ron Parry   November 14th, 2008 5:43 pm ET

Yet one more viewer of truTv trying to find out verdict in Hughes trial! Hate to be left wondering.

Bayinah   November 20th, 2008 6:38 pm ET

I'm wondering what was the second verdict of the Elisha Hughes case . I had and missed and I haven't heard any more. Please e-mail me.

Maya   December 3rd, 2008 11:48 am ET

I want to know what happend with Elisha Hughes also....Please let us know.

Charlie   December 18th, 2008 1:56 pm ET

I think Terry Hough acted with pre-meditation for the following reasons. It is likely that his wife was upset about the noise next door and most likely complained to him about it. I think that he went out to take care of it and he was angry. If he only went out to confront the boys, why did he take the time to stop in the kitchen to get a handgun with hollow point bullets. Why did he shoot one of the boys twice more while the boy was lying on the ground saying "yeah, yeah" Why did he immediately say "I snapped." This was premeditated. He went out to take care of the problem once and for all and he had the intent to shoot those people.

Lisa   January 20th, 2009 10:53 am ET

Regarding the Arson Murders...Yes – The statements made by the defendant, regardless of state of mind, should be admissable. If, in fact, the defendant is mentally incapacitated, the degree to which they are incapacitated is important to determine whether or not they may be held accountable for the action. If the defendant's degree is such that they cannot be held accountable, then whomever was caretaker/guardian for the defendant at that time (if that person had a guardian) might be held accountable for the action.

Eve   January 30th, 2009 10:43 am ET

WHY are you not covering Phil Spector retrial?

sam frisina   February 17th, 2009 11:48 am ET

tired of jami floyd saying "quick break "for every one she takes just tell us the truth...regular break

Cheryl Settle   February 19th, 2009 7:46 am ET

I was so glad to see that Kathleen Hilton was found not guilty. I think it was an outrage for that woman to be in federal prison for ten years. I mean where is their local prison and why can't they have a place for the women???
Can anyone tell us what is going on in the spector trial???

karen   April 7th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

If you miss the verdict of a trial, where can you go on the website to find it?

barbara baumann   April 17th, 2009 4:07 pm ET

I am watching the Justin Zapata trial. I do not understand why the prosecutor is allowed to refer to the murdered male victim by the wrong name and the wrong sex. Justin was a male. Why are they allowed to fantasize and refer to Justin as a she and a ficticious female name. Why is the prosecution allowed to lie repeatedly over & over again. What happened to the truth. This entire case should be thrown out because it is a mockery of our justice system. The facts should be presented– not some circus fantasy! A young female was not murdered. A deceitful male scam artist parading around as a phony girl named angie was killed. What has happened to our legal system? Has everyone lost their mind.

Bernadette, LDO.   April 22nd, 2009 11:11 am ET

After meeting with Angie and having phisical contact with Angie simply shows that he liked everything he did with her and about her.

Monica Ray   May 12th, 2009 1:35 pm ET

I'm watching the current trial on Court TV and wonder what the evidence is of this officer giving out tickets at this intersection for running this stop sign that was apparently obscured. I received a ticket once where at a certain time of year because of the sun, trees, and two hospital signs around the stop sign, no stop sign was visible. Local traffic cops were aware of this, and even admitted when I appeared to contest the ticket in court, that there were two such sites in the area. What bothered me was that there was a car approaching in the opposite direction and we could have collided, but luckily the other driver noticed I didn't slow down and waited for me to pass through the intersection. I was upset that the officer lay in wait just to give a ticket at our expense. The Court ordered that stop ahead signs be painted on the road thereafter, and my ticket was vacated. If the officer in this case gave any such tickets, he would have known about the stop sign, and should anyway being a local traffic cop.

Monica Ray   May 14th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

I don't usually respond, much less twice, in these trials, but I'm a bit dumbfounded that many of the commentators refer to this Higbee crash as an accident in a way that infers unavoidable. If one slides on unseen black ice, or a sign not known to them from prior exposure is obscured, but they are at least driving that the posted speed limit, or ones brakes give out, that's an honest accident. While this officer comes across as being "nice", he did a serious known wrong here, period. He is not only an expected responsible citizen, but he's a trained officers. He knew he did wrong from the get go. His couched taped answers infer that. Maybe the punishment is stiff, but how many other everyday citizens have had to face stiff sentences in any number of cases – people driven to commit a crime via long term abuse, and the like. You pity on this guy is making me look at him even less sorriful than I did earlier. Don't forget there were at least two cars in his path and he saw neither for a reason – an inexcusable reason. A speeder is not a serial killer, bank robber, or rapist. Officers need to take there speed seriously all the time, not just when a tragedy finally occurs.

Pauline Newkirk   July 21st, 2009 1:14 pm ET

Mark is shifty-eyed, which says guilty.

mick   July 24th, 2009 11:12 am ET

How do I find out about the outcome of a trial that I have watched but missed the verdict? Could you please explain to me how to find out? I would like to look up verdicts,but can't find them on your website-thanks

Gail   July 30th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

I have missed some of the verdicts from trials I have watched. Could you please tell me where I can find them. Thanks!

Darlene   August 24th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

MISSED VERDICTS....To those who need to find trials to which they have missed the verdicts....on this page, on the right hand side there is an "Archive" box . Just click the month in which the trial was and scroll down til you find your trial.

Keleigh   August 31st, 2009 12:59 am ET

Why do I feel like I'm in the dark? I just heard the most disturbing news and am not sure what to make of it. Can anyone tell me if it's true that there will not be any more trials being broadcasted on the air as of November 1st, 2009?

Gen   September 23rd, 2009 10:46 am ET

Thanks, Darlene. Just the info I needed.

christine   October 7th, 2009 10:06 am ET

re carla hughes trial – because keyon is not the typical handsome man,he's getting an unfair commentary. He's a womanizer, imperfect as we all are but that does not make him the killer. His actions after the murder is what you'd expect -as for the tears, I believed he was crying because the sound that was made when he blew his nose comes about when you cry, that he couldn't make up. He's not on trial for murder – look at the evidence, he was not in a committed relationship with the accused, he had no monetary gain. The gun evidence is crucial – remember the suitcase murder in New Jersey – the wife had a gun, she bought it. This defendant borrowed a gun – for what purpose? Get away from the smoke screen and look at the evidence.

Petra Clarke   October 12th, 2009 11:51 am ET

Regarding the Hughes murder trial:

I believe there was testimony that Carla Hughes' guest room was in disarray and this was introduced to raise the possibility that Keyon Pittman was looking for the gun.

Should Carla Hughes not then have introduced testimony that she looked for the gun at some point and realised it was missing? Was Keyon Pittman able to gain access to her apartment when she was not there?

I cannot believe given the position she finds herself in that she would try to cover for him.

devveni cervantes   October 15th, 2009 1:18 pm ET

If Carla got the gun,I think she either knew he was going to kill her or he told her he was going to go practice shooting. When did Carla find out Avis was dead ? I feel Avis fiance is responsible.His fake tears,the look on his face when they asked do you know who killed Avis ? Him leaving town and getting married so soon after her death. Why didn't he come back for the rest of the trial ? Probably,he does not want to look Carla in the face and because if she got found not guilty they would be looking at him again. I'm just glad she didn't get the death least it gives her more time to hopefuly find someone who can prove it was her ex-b/f and set her free or at least less time if she is involved. Most people who stab someone like that are usually, somene close to them husband,boyfriend,ex b/f ect.

mary sutherlin   October 15th, 2009 1:38 pm ET

I have wondered, if they did a DNA test on the baby to make sure the baby was Keyon Pittmans baby.

And what was the deal with Keyon having Gunpower on his hands and didn't they check him out a little more? Because, Carla Hughs could have been telling the truth about the gun and knife and if Mr. Pittman saw them, it was a great way to put nails in Carla Hughs coffin. Because it's to neat to have borrowed the gun and knife and having 5 bulletts in the gun, it seems she's to smart to have borrowed both items and then kill Avis Banks, with them. It just seems to weird to me.

Doris Dix   October 19th, 2009 10:40 am ET

Yes billy lee is guilty of murder and he need's to get death ,He should not tell a lie he had intentions of killing his girlfriend when he went there to the church. Why does he have to tell lies to get out of intentional murder.

Doris Dix   October 19th, 2009 10:42 am ET

Court T.V is great ,I could watch it 24 hrs a day all the ppl there is great.

Karen   October 26th, 2009 11:35 am ET

I loved CourtTV. Since the TruTV change, I haven't been as happy with the programming & anchor changes, but still am an avid watcher. The coverage cuts & show hosting changes have not been for the best. At least in my opinion. I have now read that starting November 16th, EVERYTHING changes. I am extremely disappointed. Why must they mess with a good thing. I am a forensic science major & am addicted to the trial coverages & all of the forensic/crime shows. I love Jack Ford & Ashley Banfield & I liked it much better when they were together. Are all these changes really needed?

JLP   November 12th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

I hope they continue court coverage. I have learned a lot from this show. Looking forward to seeing the Casey Anthony Trial. We have too much mindless Television as it is. Let's try and keep something educational on the air.
Please don't take this off the air.

janice helgeson   November 13th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

The best time for court tv, for me, was when your show started @ 9:00 am until 6: pm, when Catherine Crier was on. I just loved her. What is she doing now? What anchors are going to the new show? I have been wathcing court tv since the OJ case. Thank You, Janice Helgeson

Matt Stewart   December 10th, 2009 10:53 am ET

Defense attorney in Tennessee vs. Cashon case did great job. I have used the prosecuter when he was in private practice and was less than 1% satisfied with his representation on my behalf.

joe mama   January 15th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

i have watched some of your broadcast about the rye trial and sure hope that if i am ever in a similar position (heaven) forbid; that the prosecution team in this case is the one after me. The prosecutor in this case is so inept it makes one believe how tainted the first conviction was. The people of S. C. are sure being rippeds off paying these guys salaries. Good luck Grover.

chris elmore   February 3rd, 2010 12:39 pm ET

omar longs girlfriend saw him disoriented why didnt she remind him the baby was in the car after he just ran off the road and what kind of mother doesnt hug and kiss her baby before getting out of the car ,

chris elmore   February 3rd, 2010 3:26 pm ET

its nikkis fault too why didnt she bring the other kids and she let her anger cloud her judjment and faild to communicate with omar knowing hes drunk

call me memphis   February 4th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

the long trial; she was trying to force him to babysit because she was angry he stayed out all night.he might be irresponsible but he is not a
murdrer .she is wrong she knew he dranked and partied and could not be left to care for the child they were both negligent.

Paul   February 24th, 2010 3:49 pm ET

I just watched part of the trial of the guy who without any doubt shot his girlfriend with a rifle from their bedroom. The crime scene
Investagater did a VERY good job . I was in public safety for 27 years.
I own several firearms and consider myself to be an expert when it
Comes to weapons. This was a very deliberate act. The guy who said this gun will not chamber a round if it is not shouldered was wrong. This gun is gas operated which means a small blast of gas from the
Barrel exits through a port or small hole and this gas pressure is what works the action.

amanda   February 24th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

I dont think that mark schack did what he is acused of i also agree with melissa

Miles   March 3rd, 2010 3:56 pm ET

saying that Schack is not likeable, is not, or SHOULD not, be a question of guilt or innocence. I am a law student right now and do not like the commentary as pertains to a likeable defendant

cj stroupe   April 7th, 2010 2:58 pm ET

i cannot imagine tying achild in abed they need the book thrown at them how long was this child restrained / the little bit of writing ive seen thatCalista did about her mom's name calling Calista talking about her putting her in aearly grave how prohetic these people will find themselves in hell at the end of life

beth   April 21st, 2010 12:11 pm ET

Were the Christmas tags in braille or did I see it correctly, she was reading it?

beth   April 22nd, 2010 11:11 am ET

did you notice the friends in the courtroom showed more emotion than Tony and Marsha.

Tammy   June 25th, 2010 1:41 pm ET

I agree with the verdict that Ms. Monson's intent was to kill Ms. Thomas, again looking at the amount of times Ms. Monson shot Ms. Thomas and her pretence not to know how to handle a gun.

C. Armstrong   July 22nd, 2010 11:45 am ET

In regards to the case presently being viewed; Rachel Wade: This girl, woman is guilty plain and simple. You see very little if any at all of emotion, just such a blank look on her face. What amazed me the most that in the very begining of this trial she requested the judge to let her put her makeup on. Absolutely absured, what planet are these people comming from? Is this part of our new generation where they also have to make a fashion statement before being convicted of murder?

They need to start punishing these people and stop slapping their hands.

Debbie Fink   August 12th, 2010 9:38 am ET

What a waste of tax-payers money! This trial was a farce. The defendant and his ex-wife raised a pedophile 15-year-old child. Then we tax payers have to pay for their trial of the crazy dad shooting his own 15-year-old pedophile son. This is a very sick and distorted situation. This defendant is an animal, not a man. He should be treated like an animal!

Christy Williams   September 1st, 2010 11:53 am ET

I just wanted you to know that the medication that that she was on clonidine I am sorry but this is a heart nedication Klonodin is a medication that slows you down ans would be places to sleep . I think the prosecution has it wrong

Alice Sheehan   September 24th, 2010 3:18 pm ET

Dear insession,Thank you for bringing us all those trials.I think the most riveting one was the one just shown on Michael Riley.I can not believe how many people were oblivious to this childs condition or the lack of concern from both the parents and I think that quack doctor Cafugi should have her license pulled.Nuff said about that.I've been watching this heartbreking trial from the beginning and I missed it today but I got to it just in time to see the sentencing.I was so happy with the verdict.This restores my faith in the justice system.They could not find any other way in this case.These people are rutheless and they should spend the rest of their lives reminded of what they did to those poor childern.Rebecca was the youngest one ,and the one who died,but the other children were victims of their cruelty.That's the good that came out of all of this tragety.The still have a chance at a somewhat normal life.They are still young enough,if they are placed correctly they'll be o.k..I credit the prosecuters who were thorough and professional throughout the entire trial.

Michael Millhouse   June 3rd, 2011 1:08 pm ET

Did anybody see the trigger of control when George said, I don't want to upset you. Casey exploded to gain control of the conversation. And in another tape see says that it's a tragety, and I think see (casey) slipped on that statement, because Caylee was only missing at that time. All of you at In session are great and look forward to your coments.

Michael Millhouse   June 3rd, 2011 1:46 pm ET

I believe that Casey as a young child learned that if she (Casey) threw a tatrum that Casey would gain control, even as a small child. And in order to calm her down see would get her way. And as to lying, she (Casey) had gotten away with lying and threw the years perfected it.

Michael Millhouse   June 3rd, 2011 1:53 pm ET

And as to the thirty one days that she (caylee) was not seen, Casey said that it was June 9 th, and Cindy had her grandchild on June 15th, on father's day. What wrong with that picture, and will the prosecution bring this up in the trial.

Lisa Bowie   June 13th, 2011 1:19 pm ET

As far as "why only 1 hair in trunk", Casey put Caylee in multiple bags either right away or very soon after death so hair etc. was caught in them.
Why wasn't (shouldn't) Grund asked about when Casey angrily told him "he liked Caylee more than her".
Internet searches were done when Casey got mad she couldn't go on vacation with friends (Puerto Rico?)because of Caylee.
There are no other people who gained anything from a dead Caylee except her mom.

Tonya   June 14th, 2011 1:36 pm ET

I have watched the entire Casey Anthony trial to date. As one who has retired from the Department of Corrections and as a mother, I have never seen or known of anyone that behaved as Casey did in the 31 days her baby was missing. I have lost a child and I can find no common ground with Casy Anthony.

c smith   July 30th, 2012 10:48 am ET

i dont know what the women at CVS was talking aobut Drew Peterson is in the Joliet Herald News everyday. he is the subject of everyones conversation in this town and has been since his wife stacy went missing!

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