Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 11:33 am in Crime.
It looks like all interested members of the media who wanted to attend the Melissa Huckaby arraignment in Stockton today got a spot.
In addition to the nine seats pre-assigned on Wednesday by San Joaquin County Superior Court officials, 17 spots were given out by lottery at 11 a.m. this morning. There were 17 applications for those spots.
However, it’s likely that some members of the media didn’t bother making the trek to Stockton, thinking that they would be shut out. The court has also banned all cameras from the proceedings. A media attorney said that courts have pretty full discretion over how to allot access to the media in high-profile cases.
Huckaby, charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, is due to appear at 1 p.m. this afternoon.
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