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Brannon Day 5: City Held Hostage

  • 12:02 p.m. Court back in session.
  • 11:10 a.m. Judge Hosack calls a recess.
  • 10:48 a.m. Zellars tells the court that she had the wrong ballot. But she can't remember how she voted in Brannon-Kennedy race. She says she always votes Democratic -- to which Erbland asks whether she saw any party on the ballot. She responds, no.
  • 10:40 a.m. Rehana Zellars is now on video feed live.
  • 10:27 a.m. Matt Kelso is setting up teleconference with voter Rehana Zellars -- and having technical difficulties.
  • Much more below

  • 10:19 a.m. Peter Erbland is cross-examining Jenkins.
  • 10:14 a.m. Attorneys are arguing over Kelso's attempt to impeach witness Susan Harris. Kelso had asked Jenkins if he recorded all his conversations. Jenkins said yes.
  • 10:03 a.m. Kelso calls Erin Jenkins of Confidential Investigations to the stand. Kelso asks Jenkins for his address -- and Jenkins ironically provides his office address. Jenkins is on the stand to try to impeach the testimony of Susan Harris & Ronald Prior from Thursday.
  • 9:55 a.m. Matt Kelso is trying to get Rehana Zellars on a video hookup from wherever she is. Gookin is helping Matt Kelso in trying to get the teleconference hookup going. Meanwhile, Kelso has called Elmer Currie Sr. and his wife to the stand. But they aren't in the courtroom.
  • 9:52 a.m. Lani Chamness has left the witness stand with her Salvation Army uniform on and her tremendous dignity intact.
  • 9:50 a.m. Judge Hosack terms Chamness to be a perfectly legal voter who did everything right and is pressing Kelso to quit it.
  • 9:45 a.m. Defense counsel Peter Erbland is establishing that Lani Chamness has been a resident of Coeur d'Alene for past 4 years. Erbland states that she should not be disenfranchised. Erbland cites Noble vs. Ada County, a case that Kelso lost about 10 years ago to argue this. Kelso is trying to say that Lani Chamness' failure to re-register at a new precinct makes her an illegal voter.
  • 9:31 a.m. Bill McCrory is sitting at the counsel table at Kelso's request, reviewing poll books.
  • 9:27 a.m. Starr Kelso just asked Jim Brannon to do something for him. Brannon pointed at Dan Gookin and they went out into the hall together.
  • 9:26 a.m. Team Brannon has put Lani Chamness on the stand. Lani, as you recall, is the woman who was confronted by a strange private investigator who represented herself as a city worker last Friday and ultimately handed her a subpoena from Starr Kelso. You can read all about that here.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.