City Desk

Media Seats Up For Grabs at Robert Wone Trial

Since its start, the trial surrounding the 2006 murder of attorney Robert Wone and its alleged cover-up has been able to draw a crowd. No surprise there, as the proceedings have all the intensity and drama of a Law & Order episode: Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward, three gay men involved in a polyamorous relationship, are accused of conspiring to confuse investigators about what exactly happened to Wone, a friend who was staying the night at their home at 1509 Swann Street NW.

The fact that the case is so riveting, though, occasionally equals a dearth of available seating. Such was the case on Tuesday afternoon, when a woman entered the courtroom and stood awkwardly in the middle of the isle looking for a place to plop down.  There were about two and a half rows of empty seats left, but they were tacked with paper signs baring the names of media outlets, such as Dateline NBC and the Associated Press. Many of those seats had been empty since morning. 

While average spectators are still showing up in force, as the trial moves through its fourth week, members of the press have been trickling away.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz  stopped the proceeding to help the poor woman out by directing her to one of the media seats. She also laid down the law to reporters: "Anybody who doesn't take the press chair before 9:30 loses it," said Leibovitz.

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