The hearing transcript from the last hearing is out. I got a chance to read it on the Tube, so this won't be a cold-read livetweet.
I'm also a little pressed for time - been a busy few days in the middle of a busy few weeks. But let's dig in.
(1) Sometimes the biggest value in a hearing doesn't involve the matter being dealt with in that hearing. Sometimes the real value is in what that hearing shows about the judge's thinking on other things.
(2) This was that kind of hearing.
As I mentioned earlier, I've read this and I'm short on time, so I'm going to skip more than I usually do. If I jump past anything that you have questions about, ask - I should have time to look at comments when I'm done, and I'll try to go back over any of those.
(I'm not tagging as a courtesy because the original poster of a thread can't untag in the thread for some reason.)
The issue here is that there's an issue of first impression to deal with.
Long story short, it's complicated.
(1) On paper, Martinez looks better equipped to handle things than Ty. He was able to stay reasonably on script, and generally appears to have avoided making a mess on the floor.
That said, I wasn't there and a lot of advocacy is in the presentation.