At a court hearing this afternoon in Oakland, Judge Morris Jacobson of Alameda County Superior Court decided to move the trial of Johannes Mehserle to Los Angeles in an effort to get a fair trail. Jacobson promised in September that the trial would move out of the area.

However, according to the Chron, "Los Angeles court officials said they would not be ready for the case to begin for at least six months, and more likely one year."

After Oscar Grant, 22, was shot to death by BART cop Mehserle on New Year's Day on the Fruitvale platform, Alameda County played host to numerous angry protests, condemnations by local leaders, BART meetings on awry, and other assorted disruptions of the peace.

Until then, Mehserle remains free on bail.