Week four in the Tonya Craft trial has passed, and week five begins, and once again we find that "Judge" Brian House and prosecutors Len Gregor and Chris Arnt have decided to make up the rules as they go along. Now, most times judges and prosecutors pretend at least to play by some rules, but that is not the situation here.
Instead, we have House determined to play the role of a parrot whenever Gregor or Arnt are bellowing at a defense witness: "Awk, awk, he's on cross! He's on cross! Awk! Awk!" As one prosecutor (who apparently is law-abiding) said, just Gregor's misleading statement in his cross Friday in which he claimed that by Tonya's meeting with police in the presence of a lawyer was "not cooperating" with the investigation ALONE would constitute reason for overturning a guilty verdict.
Now, I don't claim that House, Arnt, and Gregor are exactly brilliant legal minds, but even THEY are not so stupid to know that they have been engaging in a legal scorched earth strategy. Their stupidity lies in thinking that they still can pull off a conviction and not be subject to any consequences.
No doubt, they have had at least one or more meetings together with House playing the Blutarsky role in "Animal House," with Gregor taking the role of "Otter" and declaring, "This requires a really stupid and futile gesture on the part of someone," with House chiming in, "And we're just the ones to do it!" (Note to House, Arnt, and Gregor: the Germans did NOT bomb Pearl Harbor.)
So, we cannot help but wonder what stupid and futile gesture these people will try. House already has told the legal world that he is not up to being a judge, and he prefers to have the animals running the zoo, with Arnt and Gregor playing the role of the caged beasts.
As I outlined Saturday, no doubt the prosecution will try to introduce "new" evidence or witnesses that are going to make wild and untrue claims. (This, supposedly, is unlike the other prosecution witnesses that also made wild and untrue claims.) In a court in which rules actually are kept, as opposed to being created on the spot, the introduction of the deus ex machina witness at this point in the proceedings would trigger a mistrial.
Unfortunately, we are in a forum in which the prosecutors determine after the fact what the rules will be and the judge sits on his perch and squawks out the following whenever the defense objects: "Awk, He's on cross, he's on cross," and when the prosecution objects, "Awk, sustained! Awk, sustained!" They don't even try to hide their actions anymore.
I guess the jury will go into deliberations this week (unless they decide, instead, to hold out so they can get in free at the CAC-LMJD "Las Vegas" gala complete with showgirls wearing thongs and vodka and raspberry drinks). Now, no one with a cell of logic in his or her brain could believe that the prosecution "proved beyond a reasonable doubt" that Tonya Craft molested anyone, but this is not a normal trial.
Are there "ringers" on the jury who are placed there to vote guilty? I have no idea, but I do know that when this trial ends this week, the story does not end. Furthermore, my efforts to see that justice is meted out on Brian House, Chris Arnt, and Len Gregor will not end, either. These are three people who should not be in the positions of power and influence that come with their offices, and I will make it my mission in life to see that they are forced to find other work in which they can harm no innocent person again.