The trial date for Kenneth Manzanares, the Utah man charged with killing his wife aboard the Emerald Princess this summer, which was set to start on April 23, 2018 is being pushed back to November 5, 2018, after the judge agreed to the new the later start date due to the complexity of the case.
Both of the attorneys involved–Assistant Federal Public Defender Jamie McGrady and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt–asked for the delay. According to the scheduling order, there are currently 72 audio files, 8 video files, 541 photographs, and almost 2,000 pages of notes related to the case. The sheer quantity of information alone is enough to justify asking for additional time even when dealing with seasoned lawyers within the Federal system. However, additional complications arose from the fact that potential witnesses are located across the United States and around the world.
In short, this situation will require a thorough review from both sides of all the relevant evidence and that takes time. Due to the nature of the case, the estimate is that the trial could take as long as four weeks. According to reports, however, they will likely take a few days off around Thanksgiving. As we previously reported, the U.S. Attorney’s office will not be seeking the death penalty, despite having the option to do so.
Considering the amount of media this case has already received, there is no knowing what may develop over the coming months as the trial date draws nearer. We will continue to follow this as it develops.
Cruises Are Not Inherently Safe
Although homicide is not a commonly reported crime at sea, this situation serves as a strong reminder of the fact that cruise vacations are not inherently safer than vacations on land. Every maritime lawyer on our team can attest to the fact that accidents and injuries can take place when you least expect it. While the cruise industry may want to put forth the idea that cruises are havens of safety and fun that is sadly not the reality.
Thanks to our combined 100 years of experience in maritime law, we have handled a wide variety of cases for our clients. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate your legal burden, especially in the wake of a traumatic event at sea. That is why we are here to help.
LM&W, PA Is Has the Experience You Seek
Choosing the right attorney is the key to getting the results you deserve. Although no legal verdict will ever undo what has happened to you, it can begin to provide some closure so that you can move forward with your life.
Therefore, before your situation spins out of control, make sure you have a legal team on your side who will see you through to the very end. At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., we have made a name for ourselves as a trusted source for advice on maritime law. No matter the size or scope of your situation, we have the knowledge and resources to fight your case effectively for you.
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Published on December 1, 2017
Categories: Maritime Matter of the Week