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Edgewood home-invasion trial delayed when defendant refuses to come to court

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on March 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm with 13 Comments »
March 3, 2011 4:49 pm
Higashi with his attorney, Michael Jordan.

Kiyoshi Higashi refused to leave his jail cell to attend his first-degree murder trial in Pierce County Superior Court this morning.

The proceedings were delayed for nearly an hour while prosecutors and Higashi’s defense attorney wrangled about whether the trial could move forward without the defendant present.

Higashi is charged with first-degree murder, robbery, assault and burglary in the April 2010 death of James Sanders, who was killed inside his Edgewood home by people responding to a Craigslist ad he place advertising some jewelry.

Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner ultimately decided the trial could move ahead without Higashi present and sent word of such to Higashi in jail. He quickly changed his mind and decided to attend, deputy prosecutor Mary Robnett said.

The prosecution is expected to rest its case Monday morning, and closing arguments could follow that afternoon should Higashi’s attorney, Michael Jordan, decide not to put on a case.

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. Refused to leave “his” jail cell? What? How about just sticking a pair of chopsticks in his ears till his eyeballs pop out and call it “DONE”

  2. MadTaxpayer says:

    Another POS that needs to be planted in the Dream of a Washington State Criminal Cemetery!

  3. Sobriquet says:

    “Kiyoshi Higashi refused to leave his jail cell to attend his first-degree murder trial”

    Wow, I didn’t know one had the option of refusal.

    There is a term that, it seems, is bandied about recently. It’s a term that I don’t like, but somehow I find myself obliged to repeat it here:

    MAN UP!

  4. Drek2305 says:

    “Cowards die a thousand times before their deaths”

  5. princessnancy says:

    They should have just dragged him by his short hairs to the court room. He is not in charge here. Something is very wrong with this picture!

  6. Just give him the choise like other countries. You go to the court room or you will die here in your cell.
    He must be upset because everyone is looking at him and he does not like the people looking at him as a low life person as he is.

  7. ItalianSpring says:

    Send this guy to McNeil Island for the rest of his life……..What?………Really??……Ok then. Just release him then so he can kill again I guess.

  8. mojjonation says:

    HaHa. Reality check.

  9. How about this, a jail-cell invasion where this POS is beaten to a pulp and then shot multiple times?

  10. fivecardstud says:

    Well they got the right udge for that guy. Judge Rosanne Buckner is probably the toughest judge on the bench. She’ll give him what he has coming.

  11. Obviously a defense trick to try for a mistrial or lay groundwork for an appeal to overturn a conviction on the basis the defendant was not present at his trial. Our State Supreme Court has already gone on record of overturning felony convictions when a convict was not physically present merely during his later sentencing hearing, which followed his earlier conviction in court.

    With hug-a-thug decisions based on such technicalities coming out of our courts, it only puts more power to thwart justice into the hands of the criminals and the defense attorneys that orchestrate these things.

  12. PuyallupGuy says:

    Time for this scumbag to act like a man and face the music for his horrific crime. Stop acting like a little baby by refusing to come out of your room.

    “Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner ultimately decided the trial could move ahead without Higashi present and sent word of such to Higashi in jail. He quickly changed his mind and decided to attend.”
    .
    Didn’t work, did it?
    .
    Take responsibility, you POS.

  13. dster420 says:

    Not so tough now, huh?

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