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Hans Reiser Trial Delayed Until Fall

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After meeting and informally talking with the judge who will preside over his case, computer science engineer Hans Reiser agreed Tuesday to delay his trial on charges that he murdered his wife Nina Reiser until at least September.

Reiser, 43, had a right to have jury selection in his case begin within 10 court days because a time clock was set in motion Monday when the case was assigned to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman.

But after talking with his attorney, William DuBois, and with Goodman, Reiser, who was dressed in yellow jail clothes, agreed to a schedule that calls for jury selection not to begin until Aug. 28.

The attorneys in the case think it might take a month to select a jury, so opening statement might not be presented until late September or early October.

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There's forensic evidence

According to the article, "Nina Reiser's body hasn't been found, but in October Hans Reiser was charged with murdering her after Oakland police said they found biological and trace evidence suggesting that she is dead as well as blood evidence tying him to her death."

The prosecutor will have to provide that forensic evidence to the jury and convince them "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Reiser murdered his wife. Since there's no body, it'll be that much more difficult to convince them.

There've been lots of "no body" cases in the US. (Some guy even blogs about them.)

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