Bishop’s Lawyers File New Motion Regarding Sentencing
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There are new details about the upcoming capital murder trial of Dr. Amy Bishop Anderson, the woman accused of shooting six colleagues at UAHuntsville in February 2010.
Her lawyers filed a new motion this week. They want the judge to prohibit characterization of the jury’s role as advisory with regard to sentencing.
Lawyers file ‘motions in limine’ prior to the trial to address something they know will likely come up during the trial.
Jake Watson, a Huntsville lawyer who isn’t involved with the Bishop case, says these motions serve one purpose.
“To help the court proceedings move along efficiently, so lawyers aren’t constantly objecting to things that the court can rule on pre-trial,” said Watson.
Attorneys for Amy Bishop-Anderson want a judge to keep prosecutors from using certain words when addressing the jury.
“The defense is trying to get the court to emphasize to the jury that their role is more than advisory,” said Watson.
Watson has seen judges treat motions in limine different ways.
“I’ve seen judges grant it. I’ve seen judges deny it. In fact, it’s really an area of law in Alabama that is in litigation right now,” he said.
Watson says several states are wrestling with to deal with how to deal with this particular motion. He said he believes the issue will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bishop Anderson’s trial is scheduled to start September 24 in Madison County Circuit Court. Judge Alan Mann will preside.