The days preceding the first hearing in Hosni Mubarak's trial were rife with anticipation. There was talk of the ousted Egyptian president appearing in a giant Cairo convention center, though the trial was later moved to a police academy secured by 5,000 soldiers, 50 tanks, and a ring of barbed wire. So it was a bit surprising that many Twitter users following the trial live this morning arrived at the same conclusion: the proceedings, while undoubtedly historic, were, well, really boring.
Mubarak, who is facing charges of corruption and conspiring to kill protesters, was wheeled into the courtroom on a hospital bed and stationed in a cage with his two sons Gamal and Alaa, who are also on trial, and other co-defendants (putting defendants in cages is customary in Egyptian courtrooms). As the hearings dragged on, cameras caught Mubarak picking his nose and Gamal (in his white prison uniform on left) checking his watch.