The Marsden hearing for Vincent Ortiz was taken off calendar. The motion for order to show contempt filed by Mr. Neal Sanders for Rodney Ortiz was granted.
I contacted both the District Attorney's office and Mr. Neal Sanders for comment.
Ms. Pizzo got back to me promptly via email:
"I dismissed Ortiz this morning, due to the fact that both defendants have been arraigned on federal charges based on the underlying facts of the state case, and they are in federal custody.
As far as the contempt issue, the court ordered that the evidence be provided to defense in seven days, unless those items are in federal possession prior to that."
Rodney Ortiz's attorney, Mr. Neal Sanders, had filed an order to show contempt against the D.A.'s office and the People filed a response.
Vincent Ortiz requested a Marsden hearing. He is being represented by Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis.
There is detailed coverage on this case on this blog. Ms. Pizzo who has prosecuted this case from the beginning has won all previous motions against the defense in the Ortiz cases.