Friday, April 18, 2014

People of the State of California vs. Richard Joseph Hirschfield

Due to the high volume of inquiries from the news media and the public, the Court has established this Web page, which contains information about case number 04F05045.

Case Information

Case Number: 04F05045

Case Title: People of the State of California vs. Richard Joseph Hirschfield

Original Filing Date: March 6, 2007

The case is assigned to Judge Michael Sweet in Department 20 of the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse. The jury trial will be conducted on a regular basis from 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday schedules vary.

Trial Progression

People of the State of California vs. Richard Joseph Hirschfield
Event Date
Jury Selection July 25, 2012
Jury Sworn September 4, 2012
Opening Statements September 4, 2012
Testimony September 4, 2012
Closing Arguments October 31, 2012
Jury Deliberations November 2, 2012
Verdicts November 5, 2012
Penalty Phase-Opening Statements November 26, 2012
Penalty Phase-Testimony November 26, 2012
Penalty Phase-Closing Arguments December 5, 2012
Penalty Phase-Jury Deliberations December 5, 2012
Penalty Phase-Verdicts December 6, 2012

Tentative Trial Schedule

People of the State of California vs. Richard Joseph Hirschfield
Date Event Type Description of Events
September 30, 2011 Jury Trial-Day 1 Motions
December 2, 2011 Jury Trial-Day 2 Ruling on Motions
December 5, 2011 Jury Trial-Day 3 Ruling on Motions
December 6, 2011 Jury Trial-Day 4 Ruling on Motions
December 9, 2011 Jury Trial-Day 5 Evidentiary Hearing on Change of Venue Motion
December 13, 2011 Jury Trial-Day 6 Further Proceedings (in-camera)
December 15, 2011 Jury Trial-Day 7 Motion
January 9, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 8 Ruling on Motions
January 11, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 9 Ruling on Motions
January 13, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 10 Ruling on Motions
January 19, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 11 Ruling on Motions
January 23, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 12 Ruling on Motions
February 9, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 13 Ruling on Motions
February 16, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 14 (A.M.) DNA Hearing; (P.M.) Motion to Reconsider Court's ruling as to admissibility of suicide note
February 23, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 15 (A.M.) Argument and ruling on motions; (P.M.) 402 Hearing
March 8, 2012 Scheduled proceeding is vacated and reset to March 22, 2012
March 13, 2012 Scheduled proceeding is vacated
March 15, 2012 Scheduled proceeding is vacated
March 22, 2012 Scheduled proceeding is vacated and reset to March 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
March 28, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 16 Argument and ruling on motions related to Third Party Culpability
April 9, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 17 3rd Party Culpability Hearing (10:00 a.m.)
April 10, 2012 Scheduled proceeding is vacated
April 11, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 18 3rd Party Culpability Hearing (10:00 a.m.)
April 12, 2012 Scheduled proceeding is vacated
April 13, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 19 3rd Party Culpability Hearing (10:00 a.m.)
May 9, 2012 Scheduled proceeding is vacated and reset to May 23, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
May 23, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 20 Ruling on 3rd Party Culpability (9:00 a.m.)
June 13, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 21 Hearing re juror questionnaire; status of due process motions (9:00 a.m.)
June 18, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 22 Hearing re defendant's Motion to Disallow Admission of the Physical Evidence and DNA Testing and Results for Failure to Comply with Chain of Custody Requirements (1:30 p.m.)
June 19, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 23 Continued Hearing from 06-18-12 (9:00 a.m.)
July 6, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 24 Hearing on all remaining outstanding motions (9:00 a.m.)
July 18, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 25 Evidentiary Hearing (10:00 a.m.)
July 20, 2012 Evidentiary Hearing (1:30 p.m.) Vacated
July 25, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 26 Jury Selection Begins- Jury Panels 1 and 2 report (9:00 a.m.)
July 26, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 27 Jury Selection-Jury Panels 3 and 4 report (9:00 a.m.)
July 30, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 28 Jury Selection (augment panel) 10:00 a.m., Chain of Custody Hearing (1:30 p.m.)
August 8, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 29 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-first group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 9, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 30 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-first group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 13, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 31 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-first group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 14, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 32 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-first group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 15, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 33 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-second group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 16, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 34 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-second group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 20, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 35 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-second group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 21, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 36 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause-second group of prospective jurors (9:00 a.m.)
August 22, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 37 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause (9:00 a.m.)
August 23, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 38 Jury Selection-Challenges for cause (9:00 a.m.)
August 28, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 39 Jury Selection-Peremptory challenges (9:00 a.m.)
August 29, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 40 Chain of custody hearing/motions (9:00 a.m.)
August 30, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 41 Hearing on outstanding motions (9:00 a.m.)
August 31, 2012 Proceedings vacated
September 4, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 42 (9:00 a.m.) Jury sworn; Opening Statements; Testimony
September 5, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 43 Testimony (9:00 a.m.)
September 6, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 44 Testimony (9:00 a.m.)
September 10, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 45 Testimony (9:00 a.m.)
September 11, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 46 Testimony (9:00 a.m.)
September 12, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 47 Testimony (9:00 a.m.)
September 24, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 48 Testimony (9:00 a.m.)
September 25, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 49 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
September 26, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 50 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
September 27, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 51 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 1, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 52 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 2, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 53 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 3, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 54 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 4, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 55 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 9, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 56 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 10, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 57 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 11, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 58 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 15, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 59 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 16, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 60 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 17, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 61 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 18, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 62 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 22, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 63 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 23, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 64 Testimony (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
October 25, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 65 Further Proceedings (Jury not present)
October 26, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 66 Further Proceedings (Jury not present)
October 31, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 67 Closing Arguments (10:00 a.m.)
November 1, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 68 Closing Arguments (10:00 a.m.)
November 2, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 69 Closing Arguments (10:00 a.m.), Jury deliberations
November 5, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 70 Jury Deliberations; Verdicts
November 13, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 71 Penalty Phase-motions (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
November 14, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 72 Penalty Phase-motions (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
November 15, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 73 Penalty Phase-motions (10:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30)
November 20, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 74 Penalty Phase-motions 10:00 a.m.
November 26, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 75 Penalty Phase-Opening Statements, Testimony (10:00 a.m.)
November 28, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 76 Penalty Phase-Further Proceedings (Jury not present)
November 29, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 77 Penalty Phase-Testimony (10:00 a.m.)
December 3, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 78 Penalty Phase-Testimony (10:00 a.m.)
December 5, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 79 Penalty Phase-Closing Arguments (10:00 a.m.), Jury deliberations
December 6, 2012 Jury Trial-Day 80 Penalty Phase-Jury Deliberations, Verdicts
January 25, 2013 Judgment and Sentence (9:00 a.m.)
February 22, 2013 Record Correction (9:00 a.m.)