Jury selection will begin Thursday after pretrial motions wrapped up Wednesday in the misdemeanor battery trial of former Fresno City College instructor Brian Calhoun.
Attorneys expect the process to take the better part of the day, with opening statements likely next Tuesday because Fresno County Superior Court Judge Denise Whitehead's courtroom won't be open Friday or Monday.
Calhoun's misdemeanor battery charge stems from a March 22 confrontation with 20-year-old student Kevynn Gomez that started at the end of her Chicano-Latino Studies class. The class had a substitute instructor who was late in handing out an exam. Calhoun, 69 and a former Fresno City Council member, was unhappy because he was teaching a class in the room the next hour and it still was occupied, according to a police report of the incident.
There is disagreement on what happened next, with both sides giving conflicting accounts. Calhoun, however, was charged with misdemeanor battery and later the State Center Community College District board fired him.
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