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"It all went really smoothly," Laser said later. Noting that he's been a judge for 13 years, he added, "Except for the hullaballoo around the courthouse, it was like any other day in criminal court."
(For more about the OpenCourt pilot project, see: www.OpenCourt.us.)
Mara Leveritt is the author of "Devil's Knot," about the trials of the West Memphis Three.