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May 02, 2007, 10:48
<Bob Cole>
Trial Theme Ideas

Thanks for the update. One of the difficulties in courts-martial is that all the defendants "clean up real good", that and the fact they can give unsworn testimony that is not subject to cross-examination. Drives me nuts sometimes. As you might notice, I spin-up pretty quickly on this topic.

May 02, 2007, 14:28
Originally posted by GG:
Good job. By the way, after this thread began I had a call from an esteemed prosecutor who this week is trying a child porn case. After arrest, the defendant went out and joined the armed forces, and has persisted in attending every court appearance in uniform. My idea for a punishment theme was "You can't judge a book by his cover".

Any other ideas? If so, I'll forward them to the prosecutor via cell...

Take an adult magazine and put a sports illustrated jacket on it. Just because the cover says its a sports mag. doesn't make it so. (or I guess you could use a children's magazine to make it a little closer to the facts.

My Dad likes to say, "No matter how much mayonaise you add to Chicken #$&*$, you aren't ever going to make it taste like chicken salad.
May 02, 2007, 14:44
P.D. Ray
To this defendant wearing his garments of sympathy, make note of his date of enlistment and his apparel here today; we would speak as Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Gildenstern:

Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of
me! You would play upon me; you would seem to know
my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my
mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to
the top of my compass: and there is much music,
excellent voice, in this little organ; yet cannot
you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am
easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what
instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you
cannot play upon me.

Hamlet Act III Scene II


Wrapping himself in a uniform is as putting gauze and bandage on cancer:

Mother, for love of grace,
Lay not that mattering unction to your soul,
That not your trespass, but my madness speaks:
It will but skin and film the ulcerous place,
Whilst rank corruption, mining all within,
Infects unseen.

Hamlet Act III Scene IV

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May 02, 2007, 15:02
Sorry Phillip,
But since the porn trial in question is occurring in the county in which both New Caney and Splendora lie (see perjury thread), I'm thinking a quote from Hamlet might not go over too well.... Wink
May 02, 2007, 15:33
P.D. Ray
Well, go with:

Putting powdered sugar on a cow chip doesn't make it a doughnut; hot butter on a polecat doesn't make it grits; etc.
May 02, 2007, 19:05
Originally posted by Lisa Tanner:
Worry not about Mr. Uniform to Cover the Stink. I understand that at voir dire a fair number of the prospective jurors rather unflinchingly told the defense attorney what they thought of the defendant wearing his uniform to court. Rather than being impressed, they were insulted, angry, offended, etc. And they had no qualms with sharing those feelings.

I suspect that our friend is doing a very good job at seeking justice! A great prosecutor! Big Grin
May 02, 2007, 19:10
Originally posted by Lisa Tanner:
Sorry Phillip,
But since the porn trial in question is occurring in the county in which both New Caney and Splendora lie (see perjury thread), I'm thinking a quote from Hamlet might not go over too well.... Wink

You forget the Woodlands and the other wealthy subdivisions out that way, but given the state of education today, when some think of Hamlet, they might wonder..."Does McDonalds put that on an english muffin or a croussaint...and can I get that with cheese?
May 07, 2007, 14:03
Greg and others,
You'll be happy to know that the jury was as offended by Mr. Uniform Guy as they indicated at voir dire.
20 x 2 on promotion of child porn and the judge stacked them!
They made him get out of the uniform as soon as he was sentenced.

Congratulations Sarah!
May 07, 2007, 14:26

I heard from a very happy yet probably exhausted Sarah as she made her way home from the trial. The defendant got hammered, as he well should have!

Congrats Sarah! You rocked the courthouse!
May 09, 2007, 12:56
<Bob Cole>
Great result!

I once saw Joe Black in Harrison County send a former marine to the pen for child pornography. The idiot had his chevrons tatooed on his arms where they would have been on his uniform. Wonder how that turned out.......