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Jay B Gaskill is the California trial and appellate attorney who served as the 7th Alameda County Public Defender, one of the oldest such institutions; it was started in 1929 by then Alameda County District Attorney, Earl Warren. Here is an Early History of the Alameda County Public Defender's Office (1927-1987) - ACPD HISTORY http://www.jaygaskill.com/History.htm
After serving ten years as the Chief Alameda County Public Defender, Gaskill undertook blog projects for three high profile criminal trials, starting with the Scott Peterson case (http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Scott_Peterson), a California man who was eventually convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and unborn child, having disposed of the body in the nearby Bay. Gaskill's blog attracted a web audience of several thousand. Here is the chronicle of that day-to-day account.
A similarly large audience followed the trial of a teenager with "Goth"associations who was convicted of knifing to death the wife of a prominent lawyer at home, leaving a bizarre, Satani symbol carved on her back. Here is that account:
A Bay Area computer genius, Hans Reiser, was convicted of killing his Russian born wife, then secretly burying her remains in the Oakland hill, claiming that she had fled to Russia. Thebody was unearthed only after the conviction. Gaskill's day-to-day trial commentary resulted in an appearance on CBS 48 hours. Here is that account in five separate, somewhat overlapping accounts:
NOTE: The Reiser Case was covered on CBS 48 Hours. Comments from Jay Gaskill, former Alameda County Public Defender had been featured on a special Tuesday evening Telecast of ¨CBS 48 Hours¨ Mystery. Streaming video of a final program, combining the pre-verdict and post-verdict telecasts, is still available from CBS at http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/betrayal- 50067304/. This was a compilation of two episodes, one of which aired before the verdict, and featured Gaskill as a commentator, predicting the eventual outcome.