Saturday, November 14, 2015
Did the Investigation Into Adnan's Track Alibi Consist Solely of a Law Student Looking at a Yearbook Page?
I've done a couple of posts about the indoor track team at Woodlawn High School back in 1999 (here and here). My initial thinking was that this memo from Gutierrez's law clerk/student was a list of all of the indoor track team members:
Later, I thought that this memo was a list of sprinters on the indoor track team who likely would have been practicing with Adnan on January 13, 1999. Now, I'm pretty sure that I was wrong both times.
While looking through the defense files, I came across this page from the 1999 Woodlawn yearbook:
The names from the yearbook page are the same names on the defense memo. The only difference is that the law clerk apparently failed to notice that Adnan's track buddy Will was also a senior (class of '99). So, my best guess is now that Gutierrez tasked her clerk with coming up with a list of the members of the indoor track team, and the clerk responded by creating a memo based upon looking at a page from the Woodlawn yearbook. Unfortunately, the yearbook page only contained the top point scorers at a particular meet (including a few sprinters), not the names of every track team member.
And then...who knows? We know that Will has said that he was never contacted by the defense team, despite the fact that his name appeared in Jay's ride-along notes. This looks like yet another dropped ball in a case with no shortage of them.