As we know, Neelu was charged with witness intimidation at her last court date. This is a far more serious charge than ‘vexing a priest’, her initial alleged offence, and came about because Neelu released the witness statements from that original charge.
The witness statements were published online.
As a result, the witnesses who’d originally made those statements failed to show up in court to testify against her. This is presumably because they felt afraid of the backlash from the Hoaxtead vigilantes, who have a nasty habit of attacking innocent people whom they suspect of…well, anything, really. Which is kind of the definition of ‘witness intimidation’, if we’re not mistaken.
In any case, Neelu’s plea and case management hearing are set for this Friday, 8 January, and this time she can’t claim she doesn’t know about it:
According to Lawmentor, here’s what will happen on Friday:
The purpose of the Plea and Case Management Hearing is to make sure that the correct procedure has been followed and it is at this time that the judge will decide if enough information is available for a date for the trial to be arranged. It will be the role of the judge to manage the case so that it can progress.
The indictment will be read out and the defendant or defendants will be asked if they plead guilty or not guilty to each count. If the defendants plead guilty sentencing may take place straight away or there could be a request for an adjournment for reports to be produced. If the defendant pleads guilty to only some of the counts and not guilty to other counts (or if a co-defendant pleads not guilty) sentencing will usually be adjourned until the other matters have been dealt with. If the defendants plead not guilty both the prosecution and the defence will have to inform the court of any relevant details including such things as how may witnesses they will be calling, details of any formal admissions and exhibits. The court will be given an estimate of how long the trial is likely to take and when counsel and witnesses will be able to attend the court.
The judge will give directions to enable the case to be brought to trial as soon as possible and dealt with fairly.