Answering our legal questions is former appellate court judge and attorney Mary Jane Trapp.
Will Ariel Castro speak on Thursday? Is he free to say anything we wants? Does Judge Russo have anything to be concerned about?
Read Castro's plea agreement
If the women choose not to speak, can they send someone to speak on their behalf? If you're Tim McGinty, what are you planning? Calling witnesses to speak?
Once this phase is over, what next for the women? Any more legal commitments?