Update at 3:58 p.m.: Turns out jury selection will go forward on Monday in the rape case against Seattle attorney Danford Grant.
“Judge Yu has informed the parties that she has a contingency plan in place for the case to go forward as scheduled, under a different judge,” Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for Dan Satterberg, said this afternoon. “Jury selection will go forward on Monday.”
Goodhew said he was informed of the contingency plan “to keep the case on track” after receiving news of Yu’s appointment to the state Supreme Court. He said the parties will be back in Yu’s court on Friday afternoon.
Original post: Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that he is appointing King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu to the state Supreme Court is expected to delay the start of trial for a Seattle attorney accused of raping five Seattle-area massage therapists.
Jury selection in the criminal case against Danford Grant, who has been charged with nine felonies, including four counts of first-degree rape, was to begin on Monday.
“Everything is up in the air in light of her appointment,” said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff to Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. “The parties will go back to court to determine what the next steps are, in terms of the case schedule.”
Superior Court judges, including those from King County, have been away at a judicial conference this week in Stevenson, Skamania County. Goodhew said Yu could begin to discuss the issue with attorneys involved in the case as early as Friday.
Yu has yet to rule on several pretrial motions in the Grant case, including a defense motion to dismiss all charges. It is likely Yu will ask Presiding Judge Susan Craighead to reassign the case to another judge.
It is unknown if Yu will rule on the remaining pretrial motions or leave that to whomever takes over as trial judge.