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Friday, May 10, 2019

Judge Rules Wendi Adelson Need Not Give Defense Deposition, Denies Continuance In Dan Markel Murder Trial

Adelson (2019)Tallahassee Democrat, Judge: Wendi Adelson Doesn't Have to Give Defense Deposition:

A Leon Circuit judge upheld a protective order asking that Wendi Adelson not be required to give a deposition by the defense team of a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband Dan Markel.

The attorneys for Katherine Magbanua asked that they be allowed to question Adelson prior to the June trial or that that her testimony be excluded in full at trial. Magbanua’s attorneys contended Adelson cannot flatly invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination but could choose to on a question-by-question basis.

But Judge James C. Hankinson disagreed, granting Adelson the right to defer the defense subpoena.

Adelson, through her attorney John Lauro, asserted her right after being subpoenaed April 19 for a deposition by the defense team of Magbanua, who is accused of being the go-between Adelson's family and a pair of hit men.

Lauro last week filed the motion saying Adelson intends to testify only at trial, where a government subpoena would offer her immunity. ...

Hankinson also denied a motion filed earlier this week by Magbanua's team asking for a continuance.

Tallahassee Democrat, One Continuance in Dan Markel Trial Denied, Another Still in Limbo

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https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/05/judge-rules-wendi-adelson-need-not-give-defense-deposition-denies-continuance-in-dan-markel-murder-t.html

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Comments

I'd love someone with criminal experience to provide insight on these depositions. Will all Adelsons probably testify in upcoming trials? What are implications of this section of article: "Lauro last week filed the motion saying Adelson intends to testify only at trial, where a government subpoena would offer her immunity."

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Posted by: context, please | May 10, 2019 5:27:51 AM

"Lauro last week filed the motion saying Adelson intends to testify only at trial, where a government subpoena would offer her immunity. ..."

Like all innocent people would demand. LOL.

Posted by: Anon | May 10, 2019 7:13:05 AM