Well, this is a guy who on his Facebook page has a picture of himself standing next to a woman who seems to be in the process of pulling down shorts that already are very low-cut. Were he trying to impress that correspondent from NBC News, he sure did not do a good job, especially attacking one of Chattanooga's best TV reporters, Melydia Clewell.
I followed Gregor's cross of Tonya Craft, and I kept waiting for one -- one -- question of substance. Instead, all we got was the same stuff we have been given the whole trial from "The Man": innuendo, bluster, bullying, and, of course, lying. Not to be outdone, "Judge" Brian "House of Horrors" allowed "The Man" (to whom I will refer the rest of this post as "The Misogynist") to read from emails that had not been entered into evidence.
One of my friends told me of keeping correspondence with an appellate attorney from another state, and this attorney has counted about 500 issues upon which a guilty verdict would be overturned. When Gregor said "mistrial" this morning -- in the presence of the jury -- that alone would be something appellate courts would examine very, very carefully.
In other words, House is letting Facebook and The Misogynist run wild, which is what kangaroos do in the Outback. Maybe that is appropriate, given this is a kangaroo court that plays by one set of rules for the defense and another for the favored prosecution.
However, The Misogynist was not satisfied with just trashing Tonya. No, he also trashed two of the most authoritative expert witnesses in the country, Dr. Nancy Aldridge (who usually testifies for the prosecution) and Dr. William Bernet. Yes, he all but told the court that these were "bought and paid for" witnesses, yet he wants us to believe that Suzi "I Can't Recall -- I Just Remembered" Thorne, whose "qualifications" are nil, or Holly Nave Kittle who became an "expert" after attending a FIVE-DAY seminar are credible.
Keep in mind, people, that Dr. Aldridge and Dr. Bernet literally wrote the book on interviewing children in cases like this. Unfortunately, NONE of the "experts" from the CAC ever read the book, yet Gregor wants a jury to believe that Dr. Aldridge and Dr. Bernet are a couple of hacks just looking for a quick buck, but the eye-rolling, giggling, shoulder-shrugging "I just remembered" and "I didn't document" and "I don't follow court orders against me" "experts" from the CAC are the Fount of Knowledge.
People who might excuse The Misogynist's behavior by saying, "Well, he is just acting like a lawyer," need to remember that prosecutors are told to find the truth, not just try to win cases because a woman fails to bow down and worship them. You have to understand; Facebook, Horrors, and The Misogynist are livid, enraged that a woman would stand up to them. They want a conviction, not the truth.
I have no idea what verdict the jury will render, but I do have a strong idea that I am not the only person who believes these three men have no business in a courtroom unless they are there with brooms to sweep the floor.
[Update I, Friday May 7, 2:05 PM]: As usual, Dennis Norwood of The Chattanoogan has an excellent account of the morning's session, as Tonya Craft continues to be taking direct questioning from her attorneys.
In writing to you (since I have had no contact with you, due to the gag order), first I want to tell you that you have been doing the Lord's work these past many weeks, both in the way you have handled yourselves during the trial, and in the time leading up to it. Many people say they want to become attorneys because they "want to make a difference," and you have done just that.
In fact, you have not only defended an innocent person and defended her well, you also have opened the door to exposing a huge web of corruption in the LMJD and have raised serious questions about the "crusade against child sexual abuse" that Buzz Franklin initiated and his henchmen, Chris Arnt and Len Gregor have carried out, with the help of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Dalton and Fort Oglethorpe. It is one thing to go after real child abusers and molesters; it is quite another for prosecutors and "expert witnesses" to conspire to frame innocent people and then declare they are making the LMJD safe for children. In fact, it surely is not "for the children," but rather it is "for the money," Mondale Act and Annie E. Casey Foundation money, to be exact.
(Because Mondale Act money goes to districts that pursue "child abuse" and "child sexual assault" and the LMJD has made it first priority, in a very real sense, both Arnt and Gregor are "paid by the [alleged] child molester." The more "child molestation" cases that Gregor and Arnt can manufacture, the more federal money the district receives.)
I don't know how this trial will turn out, but I know that you have done your very best, given that "Judge" Brian House decided to pretend that the courtroom really was a locker room, and he was the football coach, and Arnt and Gregor were the resident "jocks." There is not much you can do when a judge decides to stack the deck, and the only other judge who stacked the deck as badly as House has done was Roland Friesler.
(Poor Roland's judicial career was cut short when an Allied bomb hit smack in his courtroom during an air raid, as Friesler had run back in to retrieve a file and was, thankfully, killed. I doubt that the end of House's career will be quite as spectacular as that, but when this sorry excuse for a judge has been run out of his courtroom for corruption and downright incompetence, like the people who saw Friesler's lifeless body, we will declare: "It is God's verdict.")
If the jury convicts Tonya, then I look forward to reading your appeals documents, as deforestation of North America will be needed to provide all the paper that you will need. I'm sure that you have lost count of items that are grounds for appeal, and we have not even come to the closing arguments and the "judge's" instructions for the jury. I'm sure that we will have to clear out the entire Amazon rain forest to obtain the necessary paper after House, Arnt and Gregor give us their last performances in front of a jury, for I cannot imagine that they will play by the rules.
Should there be a conviction and appeal, the disgraceful record of this trial will be open for the world to see, and I am sure that some appeals justices downstate would be interested to know just how much a courtroom in the LMJD resembles the one over which Friesler presided. Furthermore, as the justices scrutinize this case, the other ones that the Dishonest Duo prosecuted in which the Usual Suspects helped railroad possibly innocent people to prison also are going to attract interest from the important people.
However, should there be an acquittal, I hope that you do not refrain from using the hammer, for there is a lot of unfinished work to be done. Do you remember in the movie "Hoosiers" what one of the players said to his teammates in the locker room just before they took the floor?
Let's win this game for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here.Indeed, there are people in the Georgia state prison system right now, falsely convicted of child molestation in LMJD "courts" because they did not have access to the same legal counsel and expert witnesses that you were able to provide for Tonya. The "unfairness" is NOT that Tonya and her parents have been able to obtain this representation, but rather that now that we have seen that your efforts exposed the "evidence" in court -- despite the best efforts by the three prosecutors (House, Arnt and Gregor) -- we begin to understand just what kind of garbage the Dishonest Duo and the CAC bring into a courtroom. If people really can be convicted on "evidence" and "testimony" like what we have seen in this inquisition, then there really is a huge problem in the LMJD that needs to be addressed NOW.
Once the trial is ended and House's anti-defense gag order lifted, I hope you and the others on your defense team will speak out against the utter abuse of justice that has characterized the courtroom of Roland Friesler, er, Brian House for the past month. Furthermore, I hope that you can get other attorneys and people to speak out against what has happened.
Furthermore, I hope you don't just speak; no, the kind of judicial and prosecutorial abomination that is the LMJD must be exposed by action. Some of the defense team is from Atlanta, and I hope that those members talk to others in the judicial system and in the State Bar to tell them of the judicial and prosecutorial abominations that must be occurring on a regular basis in Northwest Georgia.
There also needs to be a set of real consequences for what these three men and the false witnesses of the CAC have done. They make a mockery of the truth and commit the worst crimes that anyone in the "justice" system can do: frame innocent people for horrible crimes. People like that must be stopped, as they are destructive to all that is good and decent.
I also hope that people like Dr. Nancy Aldridge and Dr. William Bernet speak out about what they have seen in this trial and with the CAC. These are influential people and I hope we can count on them to make public statements and to galvanize the authorities into investigating this one-stop shopping prosecutorial and judicial racket.
As you know, the one things the authorities don't like is sunshine. All too often, when truth shines on the people in charge, they scatter like cockroaches in the light. However, once that truth is known, the judicial and legal authorities in Georgia are not going to be able to cover up this prosecutorial swindle any longer.
At the very least, three men need to have complaints filed against them with the various agencies that are in charge of disciplining them. One would think that their conduct during this past month should at the very least lead to disbarment, as these are people who never should be permitted to enter a courtroom again except as criminal defendants.
Please do not take this open letter as criticism or even as a set of suggestions. You have exhausted yourselves in a case that never should have gone to trial, and the only reason that it has gone four weeks is because the judge is in the tank and the prosecutors are fundamentally dishonest people who have deluded themselves into thinking that being misogynist bullies equates to having great legal minds.
Nonetheless, I hope after this is over that you do not simply go home and shake the dust of Catoosa County off your sandals. With a bit more effort and a lot of speaking out, we can get wrongful convictions overturned, innocent people can be rejoined with their loved ones, and three malevolent men who are utterly corrupt will no longer be permitted to practice law.