Pie-throwing activist prepares for trial in Kevin Johnson incident
Sean Thompson has a judge. But his attorneys are still looking for the former mayor.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Robert Twiss will hear the case of the pie-throwing activist. Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday as prosecutors narrowly made a statutory deadline to bring the case to trial.
“We’re excited. We’ve got a judge and it looks like we’ll get started,” said Claire White, Thompson’s attorney, outside Twiss’ fourth-floor courtroom.
Attorneys on Thursday thought they had a court assignment for Thompson’s felony assault trial in the pieing of former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson during a benefit at Sacramento Charter High School in Oak Park last September.
But no courtrooms were available and then-assigned judge Delbert Oros cited conflicts that precluded him from presiding over the trial. A second judge also cited a conflict, attorneys said.
Because Thompson did not waive his right to a speedy trial, prosecutors had 10 days to bring the case forward. Monday was the 10th day.
White’s team wants Johnson and his wife, Michelle Rhee, on the stand and has accused Johnson of ducking their subpoenas, though Sacramento County district attorney’s prosecutors say they have no plans to have him testify.
White has also subpoenaed 16 Sacramento police officers to testify, gathered nearly 70 photos taken during and after the event and asked for any police reports that name Johnson as a suspect in assault cases.
Thompson said he targeted Johnson as political theater meant to bring attention to what he previously said was Johnson’s failure to address homelessness in the city.