"I protested vigorously," said Serra. "He is a minor. It's an area that should've remained confidential. It has absolutely nothing to do with this case and from my view it was disgrace to bring it up."
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Prosecutors are trying to establish that the Ghost Ship was not a safe environment, so unsafe that it led to the December 2016 fire that killed 36 people.
#HAPPENINGNOW #GHOSTSHIPTRIAL Attorney Tony Serra calls it “character assassination” that @AlamedaCountyDA prosecutor asked his client Derick Almena about a New Year 2015 incident where Almena’s young son found a used condom after a party. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/cVOIT3bMYx— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) July 10, 2019
The information about the condom was inside a police report, and recorded on a body camera worn by one of the officers who responded to Almena's call for help in dealing with the people who had thrown the party.
Prosecutor Autrey James then asked Almena whether he obtained proper permits for a bathroom, kitchen, stairway and door that were added to the warehouse.
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The 49-year-old Almena admitted he never got permits for any of the work, but insisted it was the responsibility of the building's owner or a contractor, not his.
The exchange with James was often testy.
#HAPPENINGNOW #GHOSTSHIPTRIAL Cross-exam of Derick Almena includes testy exchanges with prosecutor and revelation that one of Almena’s young kids finding a used condom after a New Year’s Eve party at the warehouse in 2015. Almena had called police on party-throwers. pic.twitter.com/PiToa31VsV— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) July 10, 2019
"He hasn't slept in three days. He's up there fighting for his life," said Serra, who told reporters he always prefers his client not get combative on the witness stand.
Almena's expected back on the stand Thursday morning. It's not clear yet whether his testimony will extend into next week.
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#HAPPENINGNOW #GHOSTSHIPTRIAL In tense exchange, @AlamedaCountyDA prosecutor taking Derick Almena through period when he and wife lost custody of kids. Almena claims CPS was inside many times. “I love CPS. I don’t know why they’re not testifying here...” said Almena. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/RsoNlJoYdv— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) July 10, 2019