Watching, waiting, wondering: Court observer, like jurors, trying to decide Jonchuck’s fate

Watching, waiting, wondering: Court observer, like jurors, trying to decide Jonchuck’s fate

As the lawyers shuffled papers and a deputy led the defendant into Courtroom 2 on Thursday morning, Cathy Corry slid into the second wooden pew on the right.

Behind the chair where John Jonchuck would sit. At the perfect angle to watch the jurors’ faces.

During Jonchuck’s month-long murder trial, the gallery has been mostly empty, except for reporters and law school students.

And Corry — a 63-year-old, widowed, part-time accountant who lives in Clearwater. She doesn’t know anyone involved in the case and has nothing to do with the proceedings, but she had already spent six full days at the Pinellas County Justice Center, watching the trial.