This entry is much lighter and briefer fare.
First, a return by Christopher Sanchez and then testimony from Oscar Benavides of the Border Patrol version of internal affairs. Most of Benavides’ testimony concerned Border Patrol radio transmissions. If you ever wanted to learn about 10-24s, 8-80s, and 705s, you’ve come to the right place.
Thank you, Patterico, for letting me post here.
Volume VII is the first time we hear directly from Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila and his testimony concludes in Volume VIII. We learn more about the nature of the immunity agreement between the government and Aldrete-Davila and there may even be a mini-Perry Mason moment (or, for the younger crowd, a Law and Order moment) regarding whether Aldrete-Davila is right-handed. And, at the conclusion of Volume VII, we get a glimpse of what defense counsel called the “October load.” Finally, I think there is an interesting appeal issue presented in the extended bench conference appearing in the first section of Volume VIII.
By the way, the jury wasn’t told this but Aldrete-Davila was apparently in government custody during the trial.
Here is the Government’s direct examination of Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila and the cross-examination by defense counsel: