Tanya Young Williams is the estranged wife of former NBA All-Star, Jayson Williams who was charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of a limousine driver in their bedroom in 2002. Mr. Williams was found not guilty of the most serious crime of aggravated assault and guilty of lesser crimes surrounding his botched attempt to cover-up the accident. In 2010, Jayson accepted a plea offer and has completed an 18 month term of imprisonment. He is currently on parole and serving a 1 year sentence in New York stemming from a DUI charge.
"Unless you have sat where I sat for over three months, unless you were intimately involved in every decision surrounding an aggravated manslaughter trial, unless you have looked into the eyes of jurors who would determine your family's fate; you can't fully appreciate what's really going on any high-profile trial, with the same level of understand as I do. That's why I am unique insight to the enormous audience of this trial." says Tanya Young Williams.
Below is the introduction to Tanya Young Williams first blog entry on September 8, 2011. Tanya was at the courthouse and communed with journalists from CNN, Reuters, FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC and others. Tanya will position herself to be a part of the courtroom gallery. "I am very serious about this project. I will offer a very different, yet equally informative, perspective of the Dr. Murray trial." says Young Williams
Blog Entry 9/9/2011
JURY SELECTION BEGINS: The Final Act
On Thursday, September 8, 2011, I began my coverage of the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray vs. State of California, better known as, Dr. Murray vs. Michael Jackson. I am not covering the trial as an attorney, a legal consultant, nor a trained journalist. I will be at the courthouse on Temple Avenue in downtown LA, as one who has “been there, done that and bought a crap-load of T-Shirts”.
For a moment, I felt like I was in the twilight zone. I was present to tackle a job that I felt compelled to do, had never done before, but it felt so right. In that same zone, I was also recognized as Tanya “I don’t take the bus” Williams by many Basketball Wives viewers that walked the streets and visited the courthouse. Still, I, "Jayson Williams’ wife", was stared at quizzically by television journalist who actually covered our trial 9 years ago. One journalist, the legendary Linda Deutsch, asked, “what are you doing here?”. The answer is quite simple, in a complicated sort of way: Having been a very involved family member of a high profile manslaughter trial that lasted far longer than the Casey Anthony’
I will cover this trial a bit differently than mainstream media. Of course, I will provide the nuts and bolts of the court proceedings, but I will also give my personal perspective of a particular finding, argument, witness statement and Dr. Murray‘s conduct. That’s the legal side of me. Now, the entertainment side of me must report; who was there, what they wore and what dramatic nuances occurred. I plan to give you everything you might not get from other outlets. I wrote prior to the to Casey Anthony’s verdict that journalists were missing the small signs from the jurors that might suggest how the defense was fairing - I was correct. Most journalist missed it!
I learned that trials have a rhythm for the period of time after the opening statement, and prior to the closing arguments. There is a polite dance going on amongst all the parties involved; the judge, the lawyers, the defendant, the jurors and yes, the families. On different days, different people lead, but everyone is dancing. When you sit like I sat on the front row for over three months, you begin to see the subtle changes in the rhythm of some of the jurors. Sometimes that’s a good thing and other times, it is a reason for concern. The prosecution wants everyone to dance to it's beat and the defense wants the same thing. So today, “THIS IS IT”! With the start of jury selection, let the dance begin.
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