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I went to court in December to hear the trial of Cidney Ingram who was being charged with premeditated murder. The trial was being held in Judge Cynthia Lane's courtroom. I knew there were probably going to be a lot of people in the courtroom watching this trial, so I got there thirty minutes early to get a good seat in the front row. When I entered the courtroom, there were only a couple of other people there besides me waiting to watch the trial. I also saw the prosecutor and defense attorney setting up their laptops and gathering together their paperwork for the case. I saw the defendant, Cidney Ingram, sitting down besides his defense attorney. I also noticed the bailiff who was just standing alongside the wall in the courtroom. After about ten minutes, a man wearing a suit and tie entered into the courtroom and took a seat right behind me. The prosecutor then proceeded to sit down next to the man. Although I couldn’t hear exactly what they were saying, I assumed that the prosecutor was going over the case with the witness. People began coming in and the courtroom was starting to get crowded. I happened to notice a man that entered the courtroom who was wearing a hat, and I looked over at the Bailiff to see if he was going to say anything to this man. About a minute later, the Bailiff proceeded over to the man that was wearing the hat and informed him that he was not allowed to have his hat on inside the courtroom. After a little while longer, I saw the judge come out of a room in the back, and the bailiff had everybody rise. She then sat down, and had the bailiff go let the jurors out of the room that they were all in. The jurors took their seats, and the court was now in session. The prosecutor then proceeded to call her first witness to the stand. The witness walked up to the stand, and the officer of the court had him place his hand on the Bible and swear to tell the whole truth. The witness took his seat, and the prosecutor began questioning the...
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