Friday, April 23, 2010

Why Didn't Investigators Look for Porn?

Joal Henke's sudden refreshment of memory today while under oath on the witness stand intrigues me. This is not just because this farce of a trial has turned into an attempt to engage in character assassination of Tonya Craft, nor just because there is so much "testimony" that Henke and the others just happen to remember from the witness chair.

No, there is another angle. Notice that Tim "Dirty" Deal said that he saw no point in searching Ms. Craft's home or her computer. Thus, either he did not want to do that AND NOT FIND ANYTHING INCRIMINATING, LIKE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, or he was just plain forgetful about how to do investigations. Take your pick, folks.

Yet, suddenly today we find that the prosecution suddenly thinks that PORNOGRAPHY IS IMPORTANT. In fact, Henke, who said nothing about porn or bi-sexuality in his pre-trial statements, only now has become a fount of recalled memories about Ms. Craft allegedly dabbling in bi-sexual relationships and watching porn.

If this were so important, why didn't the prosecution pick up on it before? Why didn't Henke tell investigators before the trial? Maybe Chris "Facebook" Arnt, Len "The Man" Gregor, Judge Brian House, and Henke understand that none of these things did not happen, but what better time to throw it into a trial than when Henke is on the stand?

With House's ruling today that "'prior bad acts, of a sexual nature by Tonya Craft," the character assassination goes on. If these alleged acts (and since they are alleged by Joal Henke, who apparently has some sexual "bad acts" of his own in his past), then can the jury hear about the "bad acts" from Henke? What about "bad acts" from Tim "Dirty" Deal? The list could be endless.

Of course, I need to emphasize that those who commit perjury while testifying for the prosecution have an insurance policy against being charged. No doubt, should the jury be accommodating to the prosecutors and to the Wilson and Lamb families (that seem to be running this sorry show), Arnt and Gregor likely will charge all of the defense witnesses with perjury. Remember, you heard it first here.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ha. First. Brian!

Anonymous said...

King House will suffice...

Anonymous said...

Perjury is almost never charged no matter which side the witness was testifying for. There was a case of outright perjury by a defense witness in a murder trial last fall. It was obvious to everybody. The same witness had testified (for the prosecution) differently in a previous trial involving the same case. There was no thought of filing charges. The witness was a friend of the suspect on trial.

I hope the defense in this mess has a string of good witnesses for their case. The two prosecutors should be fired and disbarred.

Jason S said...

State just brought up he could hear "media & tweeters" from pool. Judge sent his assistant in, says if they hear us again we are out. #shhhh

Tweet by Callie Starnes (WRCB)

Judge does'nt like all the info getting out

OutHouse said...

House suffers from an extraordinary God complex for a man who was an average attorney at best. Maybe after he loses his seat and is disbarred he can work at the Ringgold McDonalds. And would you want Brian House to work with your Kids at Peavine Baptist after the dishonesty he has displayed. Not no, but HELL NO!

Anonymous said...

He also admonished gallery not to talk to media. He is probably working up to have everyone removed before the defense presents there case. He can't let any of that get out.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I am sure he hates all the real coverage of this case, hard to deny all the lies being told on the stand and how dishonest he and the DA are!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure to the "judge" and prosecutors, this is like a train going full speed into the side of a mountain at this point. They started the engine and now have no way to stop it. This will be the end of them and they are doing everything they can to pull the brakes. However, they must know it is too late and their careers are coming to an end.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Give House a break! Would YOU like to be in his shoes? I don't know of anyone who would. Instead of slamming House, pray for him! I know him personally, and he is a man of character and honesty. It is truly sad that people stoop so low to shame him.

Denise C. said...

He is shaming himself. His actions are what is bring the criticism down on him. And if I was in his shoes I wouldn't let the dynamic duo get away with what they are doing. I would make sure this was a fair trial.

Anonymous said...

It is truly sad that House has chosen to stoop so low as to go after, so aggressively, the defendant in this case. If he were truly a "man of character and honesty" he would be doing his job according to the code of ethics he has sworn to. If he is honestly doing the best he can, then he has proved himself to be inept to do the job set before him. For you to be so defensive, then you must either be a) part of the good ol' boy network yourself or b) the recipient of his biased legal work.

Kellie Graham said...

House has shown nothing but bias since the begining of this fiasco. Agreed 4:03, this southern good 'ole boy system at it's terribly finest, and yet they still can't manage to cover thier bases.

William L. Anderson said...

To the 3:54

I have talked to attorneys all over the country, and to a person they say what House is doing is shocking and totally in violation of what a judge in this kind of case should be doing.

Did you know that House talked to Sandra Lamb on the telephone for about an hour two days before she testified, and then he did not notify the defense? Such ex parte conversations are NOT permitted, period.

House has been trying to stack the deck, and I only hope that perhaps you find yourself in court some day and a judge does the same to you. I can guarantee you won't think of that judge as a "man of honor."

tandt said...

I love it when people say he is a man of "character and honesty"!!!! I love funny stuff!!! This man has NEVER shown character or honesty. In his attorney days, he was crooked, now as a judge, he is crooked. Do you know how many laws he has broken? Just today, several. He stood behind his church & "faith" to become elected. Pure and simple. I have a judge and attorney to whom I have spoke daily about this. Guess what, she has quoted every law broken by "the team".

The Brian House you may know, may be a decent person, but his true self, is true scum. Deceit comes in many forms. Read your Bible!!!!!

Anonymous said...

As I understand it this, ahem -wink-wink, "honorable" judge is preventing defense from introducing witnesses that would testify that no abuse was observed during the slumber party they were attending. It seems an honorable person would not interfere with important evidence that would clear the defendant of guilt.

Kellie Graham said...

Court officials I have talked to our neighboring county (Walker Co.) are simply shocked and disturbed by House's behavior throughout this, and these are individuals who are un-involved or either un-opinionated regarding the case.

William L. Anderson said...

To 3:54 again

Let me tell you what House is doing. He is working WITH the prosecutors to railroad an innocent person into prison, and he has made rulings that have made it extremely difficult for Tonya Craft to mount a decent defense.

Furthermore, he permitted prosecutors to construct a nebulous timeline for the simple reason of making sure that a number of defense witnesses, i.e., the children at the party, could not testify.

What do to about a prosecutor who violates the codes of his profession by literally engaging in a "trial by Facebook" episode? Absolutely, nothing.

As I have said in my posts, his actions and his eye-rolling, always defer to Arnt and Gregor behavior are being noticed by people all over the country.

Within a couple weeks, a lot more people are going to know about this trial and Brian House and the kind of person that he is. House's only hope now is a conviction, and that is why he is greasing the skids.

If Ms. Craft is convicted, trust me when I say that the appeals courts in Georgia will rake House's rulings and his behavior over the coals. The man has acted as disgracefully as I ever have seen someone in a black robe.

Anonymous said...

One thing that is bothering me about the step mother's testimony is that she claimed the step daughter's privates were red....why was she examining her 6 year old step daughter (as well as showering with her)? 6 year olds are well beyond the age of diaper changes and such things. I have a 6 year old and the only time I might happen to see her privates is if she is playing in the bathtub - but apparently the alleged victim uses a shower and not a bathtub. So why is she so intimate with the child?

Kellie Graham said...

Railroading is the truth! It seems as though the proscecution was prepping the detective by having him peppering his testimony with phrases such as "not making this a witch hunt" as a subversive attempt to throw off local speculation regarding his actions.

Anonymous said...

The only person who would take up for a scumbag like House is himself.

House, I thought you were not supposed to be reading or posting on internet sites. You really should be ashamed of yourself.

Anonymous said...

ATTENTION ALL GAY OR LESBIAN READERS:

The prosecution in this case states that if you have ever been involved in any homosexual act, you MUST be a child molester!

Kathy said...

To anon 3:54 The tax payers of Catoosa County will give House a break when he follows the law. Honor and respect are earned not a given. I'm not always the best person I have my faults but I didn't take an oath, he did.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I would LOVE to be in House's shoes about now. I'd stop this farce of a trial and let the woman have what she can get of her life back! I've been in court and it is a joke at best. He is NOT a man of my God, and if he ever was his picture is beside "backslider" in the Bible. He can't wipe himself without getting the OK from Gregor and Arnt in the courtroom. The defense objects and he looks to them like "Are you going to take that?" then overrules.

Abbey said...

I want to know the date the Catoosa County citizens can vote Brian House out of office. I did not vote for him the first time and will do everything in my power to get him out come re-election time. It is time the citizens of Catoosa County clean house and get these crooked folks out of our county. It has been embarrassing to see what has gone on with Tonya Craft and the prosecution and their witnesses should be ashamed of themselves. I cannot imagine the kind of hate it takes to want to ruin someones life. They are very scary folks and should take a look inside themselves.

KelLiar said...

"Hey! Give House a break! Would YOU like to be in his shoes? I don't know of anyone who would. Instead of slamming House, pray for him! I know him personally, and he is a man of character and honesty. It is truly sad that people stoop so low to shame him."

Seriously, either you are house, his family, or someone in cahoots with him. This guy is a sham who was a marginal attorney at best. He beat a bunch of losers to become the judge and he has a God complex. I bet he prays to himself at Church.

I hope he finds himself disbarred and/or prosecuted for his actions during this case.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed the theme song when you go to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Sham Court's District Attorney page at:
http://www.lmjc.net/DAsPage.htm

The evil empire...how fitting if they could mix it with the theme from the Dukes of Hazzard.

kbp said...

Observations from afar...

"bi-sexual"
There definitely should have been a hearing on that "bi-sexual" issue.

The testimony of an unrelated ALLEGD act or possible act creates a prejudice that certainly outweighs any substantial or relevant information for the jury to hear.

I sense the instant finding of "Georgia case law" is simply an effort at cover up, showing House tried to follow the rules best he could.


Testimonial Drama
Most reporters, addressing the body language of the witnesses, have mentioned how one or more of those witnesses are turning to face the jury as they give each answer, some having stated all the witnesses do it. This is an indication they have been coached by a professional familiar with the process, most likely someone from the DA's office.

It is common and legal advice that attorneys often give out, but for all the witnesses to NOT forgotten to do it indicates there was coaching sessions. Unfortunately for the prosecution, it sounds like they missed out on a few other characteristics that would have helped, like DO NOT be rude and never try to outsmart the one questioning you, just give short and truthful answers to ONLY the question asked.

If they were too busy to coach them on the more important aspects of testifying, it makes one wonder what other coaching went on!


Judge House
After having followed many cases over the past few decades, I have learned that on cross examination the judge will seldom ever let a witness carry on with non-responsive replies. In this case, from all I've found to read on it, just the opposite is happening. It's like a simple question in which a "yes" or "no" would be sufficient leads to what leads to their answer and why others should agree with them (and maybe what they ate that day).

The irony here is that the defense seems to appreciate all the EXTRA information, as it leads to more questions and makes the witness look like they're shoveling to get out of the hole the question created for them in the first place.


Defense Witnesses
Careful not to get too committed to thinking defense witnesses will be a song and a dance. The questioning shifts to the prosecution being able to ask the leading questions this time, and they'll put everything about the witnesses into question. They have better resources for investigating the backgrounds of those witnesses.

Think back to how Stacy Long, the first to interview one of the girls, looked as the cross examination progressed, and she holds a Masters degree. Everybody has errors and luggage of some sort they may face, but the good point is they're not there to provide evidence of crimes and the case is short on that from all I've read.

Anonymous said...

Greggor said All gay and lesbbians
were a child molester, How do these people get by with this, they can say what ever and get away with it.. They also proved STACY LONG in not qualified to question children.

Denise C. said...

That's profiling and that's illegal isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Brian House should be running for his political life. His so called career will not be worth the paper it is written on. I certainly hope he has enjoyed his moment in the spotlight. Hopefully it will be his only moment there. He is a disgrace to this county and this community.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous who says House is a man of God~ Just bc you put on a pretty face and talk big talk on Sunday doesn't mean anything when you step outside the church. Really? Are you that shallow? I'm just thankfully that his position is an elected one and after this term he is done b/c he will never be re-elected. I don't even think McDonald's would hire this kind of low life!

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:03 I agree, if you walk the walk on Sunday, you should do it seven days a week and apparently he is a Sunday only "Christian". If he were really a Christian he would bend over backwards to make sure everyone in his courtroom had a fair trial and there has been nothing fair in this trial. Whether or not he answers to anyone here on earth for what he is doing, he will answer to God, as He is watching!!!

Anonymous said...

I have only recently discovered this case... My first cousin is head of the Memphis Bar Association, my husband's grandfather is a prominent attorney in Jacksonville and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, and my husband's step-sister is one of the lead attorneys for the Republican Party...Good friends with the Bushes. I will pass this case on!! (NO ONE should be afraid of the TRUTH right??)