Things the cu­ri­ous need to know for Swift’s trial

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Danika Wor­thing­ton Evan Agostini, Invision

No, you can’t wear a Tay­lor Swift shirt at the pop star’s civil trial next week. And you should leave your phone at home, too.

Swift is set to ap­pear in court next week as her lawyers bat­tle with those of a for­mer Den­ver ra­dio host who is su­ing the singer, al­leg­ing that he was wrongly fired and banned from fu­ture Swift con­certs on false claims that he groped the singer dur­ing a meet-and­greet be­fore her 2013 con­cert at the Pepsi Cen­ter. Swift is coun­ter­su­ing the host, David Mueller, claim­ing as­sault and bat­tery.

The case has al­ready drawn out­sized at­ten­tion and court of­fi­cials are ex­pect­ing large crowds of peo­ple, each el­bow­ing to get a spot in­side the small hear­ing room. But U.S. District Court clerk Jeffrey Col­well was clear dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing Thurs­day: This is a fed­eral court case, not a con­cert. Be­have ac­cord­ingly.

The court has a list of rules that peo­ple need to fol­low if they hope to watch the nine-day le­gal drama — which Col­well warned will likely be far more dry than what “Law & Or­der” fans are used to.

Here’s what you need to know:

•Morn­ing and af­ter­noon passes will be avail­able daily. There are no full-day passes. Thirty-two peo­ple will be able to sit in the court­room, 75 will be seated in an over­flow room watch­ing on closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion.

•Passes are free and will be dis­trib­uted on a first­come, first-serve ba­sis. There will be a clearly marked line in front of the Al­fred A. Ar­raj Court­house at 901 19th St. Peo­ple are al­lowed to line up start­ing at 6 a.m. daily be­gin­ning Tues­day. Passes will be dis­trib­uted at 7 a.m. If you come in the morn­ing and re­ceive an af­ter­noon pass, re­turn at 11:30 a.m. to line up again.

• If you are al­lowed into the court­room, you’re stuck there. Peo­ple are not al­lowed to come and go. The trial should start ev­ery morn­ing around 8:45 a.m., break for lunch for an hour, and end at about 5 p.m. There will be two 20-minute breaks.

•Cloth­ing or but­tons with mes­sages that ad­dress the is­sue or con­tain the name or like­ness of the par­ties are not al­lowed. There’s a blan­ket ban on ban­ners, signs and posters in the court­house.

•Passh­old­ers are not al­lowed to bring in phones, lap­tops or tablets. The court sug­gests that peo­ple do not bring phones at all, but there will be an op­por­tu­nity to check them at se­cu­rity.

•There is ab­so­lutely no pho­tog­ra­phy or record­ing al­lowed in­side the court­house. And that means no self­ies in the court­room.

•The trial be­gins Mon­day but that morn­ing will be closed to the pub­lic as jurors are as­sem­bled. The over­flow room will open Mon­day af­ter­noon if you want to watch lawyers for both sides ask po­ten­tial jurors ques­tions. (Peo­ple can line up Mon­day at 11 a.m. for passes.)

•Swift and Mueller may be in court on Mon­day, but they are not re­quired to ap­pear un­til Tues­day. Open­ing state­ments are ex­pected to be­gin Tues­day.

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