Judge gets tough, won't take no for an answer
Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki has set a no-nonsense tone by being a stickler for rules
and brusquely rejecting potential jurors' excuses.
Wednesday, he barred veteran courtroom sketch artist Bill Robles from the trial
for drawing jurors. Robles, who was working for the media pool, said he was
submitting the drawings for Fujisaki's approval, but the judge responded:
``Your orders were not to sketch any jurors or likeness of jurors. . . . Do you not
``Yes, your honor,'' Robles responded. ``You are excluded from these
proceedings,'' Fujisaki said.
Earlier, a 20-year sales employee said the trial would interfere with her training.
``You're pretty well trained,'' Fujisaki said. ``And let's thank the James River
Corp. for being so civic-minded by giving you unlimited jury service.''
A musician in his 40s told Fujisaki he had to travel.
``Do you have any present gigs?'' Fujisaki asked.
``Yes, in Oakland this coming weekend.''
``That's not a problem,'' Fujisaki answered.
``I have one for the end of December in France,'' the man said.
``That's not a problem, either,'' Fujisaki shot back.
A nurse in her 40s at first refused to walk to the bench, then said that the trial
would be too hard for her to endure. ``I can't sit for long periods because of a bad
``I can't either,'' Fujisaki said. ``That's why we take recesses.''
PHOTO, B/W, AP; Caption: Fujisaki: Kicked out sketch artist