[Update, Wednesday 10:10 AM]: Tonya may appear on the witness stand today, although it is up in the air. Laurie Evans (as a hostile witness) and David Craft are scheduled for today, and we shall see when their testimony is done.
I wish to keep this brief, but at the same time, I hope that a lot of area teachers will be in the Catoosa County Courthouse to stand with Tonya Craft when she testifies this week. (The latest news is that she is going to testify on Thursday.)
Keeping that in mind, however, whenever she testifies, it will be brutal. Her attorneys, who have shown a lot of class throughout this difficult trial, will treat her well. Unfortunately, she will have to face two misogynists, Len Gregor and Chris Arnt, who will brutalize her beyond belief.
Because Judge "He's on Cross" House has placed no limited upon whatever the prosecution can ask (while putting handcuffs on the defense), you can bet that the Dishonest Duo will be at their full, women-hating selves. After all, the expert witnesses have flat out told them that their analysis is wrong, that Tonya Craft is not a child molester, and that the CAC "interviewers" did a terrible and wrong-headed job.
Now, most reflective people, having been told by some of the most important experts in the country that they are in error, would step back and examine what they have done. However, the very fact that the experts have demonstrated the folly of their charges only has enraged Arnt, Gregor, and House, and so they will take their revenge out on Tonya.
How DARE she defend herself! How DARE she bring in witnesses who might contradict the CAC? How DARE she say she is not guilty!
With that in mind, Gregor, who in my view is as dishonest and evil a prosecutor as I ever have seen -- and I have done battle with Mike Nifong -- will be in Tonya's face the entire time, screaming at her that she is a child molester. He will screech things like, "Did it feel good to stuck your finger in your child's privates?" and worse. He will call her a narcissist.
In fact, Gregor will do everything but ask substantive questions. He already knows his charges are a lie, but he wants a conviction because he is the self-described "Man," and "The Man" does not lose, period.
Gregor and Arnt hate women, period. They enjoy attacking Tonya, and they enjoy bullying someone they perceive as being weaker.
As teachers, you know that is wrong, and you know that Chris Arnt and Len Gregor are a stench upon humanity. You cannot keep these misogynists from spewing hateful words (and House openly will encourage them to engage in this shocking behavior), but you can be in that courtroom, and you can let Tonya Craft and her family know that you don't approve of what is happening.
Tonya is innocent. Had decent human beings instead of Arnt and Gregor been in charge of this trial (and they ARE running the show; House is just their puppet), the charges would have been dropped long ago. The expert witnesses are united in their belief that this trial is a sham and Arnt and Gregor should go away. Furthermore, I have seen a huge amount of support for the disbarment of these animals, and I can tell you that I will be recruiting a lot of people for this effort.
While your presence probably won't affect the outcome of the trial, you still can send a message. What has happened in that courtroom over the past four weeks has been a disgrace, a sorry spectacle of bullies being protected by someone who clearly is not fit to be a judge. Furthermore, if today's proceedings are any indication, Gregor and Arnt will try to bully you, too. Bailiffs will roam the courtroom, trying to see if they can arbitrarily kick out whomever they choose.
But, you can strike a blow for decency simply by BEING THERE. That is the key. You cannot make House, Arnt, and Gregor act like law-abiding officers of the court; they made the decision long ago that the law did not apply to them. But you can be there and stand for something decent, and stand for something good because you are decent, even if those entrusted with following the law actually despise you and the law they supposedly enforce.