Prior to the first witness taking the stand, the prosecution had more issues regarding yesterday’s opening argument to bring before Judge House.At the heart of this issue are the indictments themselves. As I posted earlier, the prosecution wrote them in such a vague way as not to specify times and places so it could make the claim that what other children said was irrelevant. This is absolutely vital, for the prosecution wants it both ways, and apparently House is giving Chris Arnt the store.
At the heart of prosecutor Len Greggor’s concern was the defense’s plan to call other children to the stand to testify that they had never been abused by Ms. Craft. After much haggling and citing of state law and precedents, the judge ruled on the side of the prosecution. (Emphasis mine)
Dr. Lorandos stated, “It is evident that the prosecution intends to keep as much of how this case came to light from the jury as possible.”
Mr. Greggor responded, “Your honor, defense wants to ring the bell and then expects us to unring it. They will call in a host of witnesses to say ‘it did not happen’ – this is inadmissible.”
Dr. Landros retorted, “If Tonya Craft’s character is in evidence, then all of her character should be in evidence. If the prosecution is, in effect, saying that we cannot call witnesses who were to say ‘I didn’t see it,’ then they are in effect gagging the defense.”
“Basically, all we’re asking is that the defense follow the rules of evidence,” said Chris Arnt, second chair for the prosecution.
For example, read this account from The Chattanoogan (which, apparently, is serving as a PR device for the prosecution):
A young girl testified in a nearly empty Ringgold courtroom on Wednesday morning that she was molested by former kindergarten teacher Tonya Craft.Now, it would seem to me that children generally don't show up at someone else's house to get a bath, and if she did, people would know when that happened. Does the prosecution want us to believe that she had someone else's child at her home by herself, and proceeded to give the child a bath, and then engaged in conduct that clearly would cause physical harm? This is an absurdity.
The girl entered the court tightly clutching a stuffed animal that she later identified as “Sandra.”
Barely visible above the top of the witness stand, she began answering questions in a direct, clear voice. She established her name and where she went to school, and that she recognized Ms. Craft being in the room.
She stated she knew the other alleged victims but not very well, only playing with them from time to time. She also established that she had acted in two movies – “The Lost and Found Family” and “One Missed Call.”
When it came time to address the sexual accusations, the girl recalled expressly and in detail what allegedly happened.
“She (Ms. Craft) would give me baths and would scrub me really hard in some places and then would stick her fingers in my private parts.”
At this time Ms. Craft was visibly shaken, shedding tears and being given a tissue and a pat on the hand by one of her defense team. Her shoulders, which had been square and upright, slumped forward as she shook her head.
“She stuck her fingers in my vagina and it hurt,” the young witness said clearly. When asked did anything else happen, the little girl answered, “She stuck her fingers (making a hand gesture as to how) up my back part.” When asked, she replied that it had also hurt.
Don't forget that the allegations began with claims that Ms. Craft molested children while hosting a slumber party at her home, a party at which a number of children attended. There is a clear date and time for that event, but by claiming that they don't know the time or place when such events allegedly occurred, the prosecution can do an end run around the gathering of evidence.
It is ironic that Arnt claim that the defense is ignoring "the rules of evidence," for Arnt has gone a step further: he has fabricated evidence. You have to understand that Greggor and Arnt are suborning perjury; they are committing felonies by having these children coached and trained by therapists and the police, with testimony placed in their mouths, and then step back and claim it to be reality.
If you want to know why I have lost all hope in this country and its "justice system," look at what is happening in Catoosa County, and look at how the media swallows this nonsense whole. This is a rigged trial, period. If you were doubting before, doubt no longer. It is patently obvious what is happening.