Comparisons between the federal and state Rodney G. King trials:
THE STATE TRIAL
CHARGES: State charges were assault and assault under color of authority, based on use of excessive force.
JURY: State jury in suburban Simi Valley had 10 Anglos, one Asian-American, one Latino.
WITNESSES: California Highway Patrol Officer Melanie Singer was called as a prosecution witness. King did not testify.
OFFICER TESTIMONY: Three of the four defendants, Sgt. Stacey C. Koon and Officers Laurence M. Powell and Theodore J. Briseno, testified.
BRISENO TESTIMONY: Briseno testified against his co-defendants.
JUDGE: Judge Stanley M. Weisberg barred some expert witnesses, questioning their expertise and ruling that their views were essentially common sense.