Half past eight, the Courtroom S doors open, people start streaming in. The first hour was spent on minor traffic violations, such as driving without a license or insurance. Most folks walked away with a $50 fine for driving without a license, and some, a $15 fine for being caught on a cellphone. The highest fine dished out for the day was $150 for a gentleman whose abrupt maneuver caused traffic to swerve behind him.
At 9:14am, Judge Greenthal calls up Shawn Fields. His private counsel was not present at the time, so his case was put on hold for another twenty minutes.
Once the defense attorney returned, it was time for Shawn Fields to plead. “Not Guilty”.
The defense asked for a preliminary hearing, in
a different court. Judge moved it to Department (Courtroom) C, on the 2nd floor of the San Fernando Courthouse. Next court date is Dec 7th, and will most likely be presided by Judge Lyons.
The defense attorney asked that the friends and members of the Marin family abstain from contact with the Fields family while inside the courthouse. He also briefly mentioned something about a mean-spirited internet posting about Shawn, but did not place blame on a specific individual.
The judge responded that he has no control over what happens on the internet. However, while inside the courtroom, he asked that present family members are to avoid contact with one another. Indeed, the bailiff approached the Fields family and ensured that the Marin family had left before escorting them out.