More heated words in court continued Wednesday during the trial of Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula on alleged child cruelty charges.
The judge denied his attorney’s request to dismiss the case.
The prosecution plans to challenge Arambula’s statements in media interviews, saying he only spanked his daughter and did not strike her anywhere else on her body.
Both parties agreed that Arambula’s wife could testify. But, there was so much legal wrangling, that jury selection in the case may be pushed back.
However, the case itself is moving forward in the battle of credibility between a father and his child.
“It’s a high profile case, I don’t expect a judge to make a determination on that,” said Michael Aed, one of Arambula’s co-attorneys.
He questioned the tactics of the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. “We think that this case should not have been filed, we maintain that. Honestly it’s a travesty, it’s a travesty that we’re going to put a seven year old girl in front of a jury,” Aed argued.
Arambula’s defense team is trying to throw out interviews with his daughter that allege previous misconduct.
“You’ll see what those prior allegations are, the prosecutor is making a tactical decision to bring those in, we think it helps us, we have the benefit of the truth so we’re not afraid of that,” the assemblyman’s attorney remarked.
At times the proceedings got so heated the judge had to get involved telling the attorneys to be professional in the courtroom.
Prosecution has requested that the defense be sanctioned for releasing information from police reports and interdepartmental emails between the district attorney and the Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
The trial is scheduled to continue Thursday.