Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler asked prospects if they could be available for a trial that will last about four months. Of 150 prospects processed Monday, he accepted excuses from 43, left three in abeyance and ordered the rest to fill out questionnaires. Claimed hardships ranged from health problems to business trips. “I’m sick, I’m old and I’m tired,” one woman declared. “That’s how I feel most of the time,” the judge joked, but accepted her excuse when she produced a letter from her doctor. More prospects were to be screened today. Spector’s hairstyle and clothes Monday – a long black coat, slacks and a tan shirt open at the collar – were far more conservative than the wildly curly wigs he has worn in past court appearances. Jury selection in Phil Spector’s murder trial started Monday with potential jurors being quizzed on their attitudes about celebrities and whether they get special treatment by the justice system. The famed music producer sat expressionless at the counsel table, his hair in a sandy Beatles mop, as prospective jurors were brought into court. “Mr. Spector, like anyone who would be in his position, finds this to be a very intimidating and scary process,” defense attorney Roger Rosen said outside court. Jurors will be asked to decide if Spector was responsible for the death of Lana Clarkson, a B-movie actress who was shot in the face at his castle-like Alhambra home on Feb. 3, 2003. “I have never had a conversation with Mr. Spector about how he should dress in court and if I did he wouldn’t pay attention,” his attorney said outside. Spector came to court with his wife, Rachelle, who was described by Rosen as an actress and singer. They were married in September, Rosen said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Xherdan Shaqiri was born in Kosovo but moved to Switzerland as a child © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri on Saturday over their pro-Kosovo goal celebrations during the 2-1 win against Serbia.Switzerland’s scorers on Friday, Xhaka and Shaqiri, celebrated their goals by making a “double eagle” gesture with their hands to represent the Albanian flag. Many people in Kosovo, which has an ethnic Albanian majority, identify with the flag.Both players trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia that declared independence in 2008 in a move that Belgrade still refuses to recognise.FIFA bans all political messages or symbols in stadiums. Xhaka and Shaqiri could be banned for up to two games if they are found to have breached FIFA regulations.World football’s governing body said it was also probing Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic for alleged statements made after the game.Krstajic reacted to the defeat by calling for the match referee, Felix Brych of Germany, to be put on trial in a war crimes tribunal in the Hague for failing to award Serbia a penalty.Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic is being investigated by FIFA © AFP / Attila KISBENEDEKSerbia were furious when Brych failed to award a spot-kick in the 66th minute after Aleksandar Mitrovic was wrestled to the ground in the penalty area by Swiss defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schaer.“We were robbed,” Mladen Krstajic told Serbian reports Saturday, when asked about Brych’s decision.“I wouldn’t give him either a yellow or red card, I would send him to the Hague. Then they could put him on trial, like they did to us.”Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the Serbian football association for crowd disturbances and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans.The Serbian press meanwhile called Shaqiri’s goal celebration “shameful provocation”.The player said in a post-match interview his celebration was “just emotion” but added he was not allowed to talk about politics.Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic indicated after the win that he was unimpressed by Shaqiri and Xhaka’s celebrations.“You should never mix politics and football,” he said.The Serbian football association had also reportedly complained to FIFA before the game about the Kosovo flag that adorned one of Shaqiri’s boots.“We sought that he change the boots. It was a provocation, we were playing against Switzerland, not Kosovo,” team official Jovan Surbatovic told Serbian state-run broadcaster RTS.Kosovo declared independence in 2008, less then a decade after the 1998-1999 war between ethnic Albanian guerillas and Serb forces, but Belgrade — backed by its traditional ally Russia — still refuses to recognise the move.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Harare, May 31 (PTI) Zimbabwe today sacked coach Dav Whatmore and captain Hamilton Masakadza and named former South Africa pacer Makhaya Ntini and Graeme Cremer as interim coach and captain of the side ahead of their limited-overs series against India, starting June 11. Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) said the changes were made keeping in mind the teams poor performance in the ICC World Twenty20. Zimbabwe crashed out in the preliminary stage of the ICC World Twenty20. Bowling coach Ntini will take over the charge as interim coach from Australian Whatmore, who was handed a four-year contract in April last year. “Head coach Davenell Whatmore has had his contract terminated with immediate effect. Bowling coach Makhaya Ntini has taken over in an acting capacity until the appointment of a substantive head coach,” a statement from ZC said. “The board has also relieved Zimbabwe top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza of the captaincy for all three formats of the game. His deputy, Graeme Cremer, will act in the interim,” it added. Zimbabwe have also signed former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener as batting coach for two years. Zimbabwe will play India in three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals, starting June 11 at the Harare Sports Club here. PTI SSC ATK ATK