OAKLAND -- Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman on Tuesday postponed for a week postponed further testimony in the hearing on the proposed Fruitvale gang injunction, delaying again the end of the evidence-gathering stage.
When the court reconvenes next week, prosecutors are expected to call an Alameda County probation officer, and possibly another police officer, to bolster the testimony of Sgt. Douglass Keely, whose testimony as an expert witness on behalf of the proposed injunction came to an end Tuesday. Defense attorneys may also call further witnesses.
Once Freedman finishes hearing evidence, both sides may present oral and written briefs to the court to support their cases. The judge will then have to decide whether or not to issue a preliminary injunction against the two defendants who have testified so far, Javier Quintero and Abel Monzo, whom the prosecution alleges are members of the Norteno gang. The fate of the remaining 38 young men listed on city attorney John Russo's list of alleged gang-members will likely be decided at a future date.
The hearing is well into its fifth month. Students protesting the injunction took to the streets earlier this month and held a demonstration at City Hall. And Tuesday, a group of Latino youth led by community activist Cesar Cruz appeared in court as part of a "field trip."