Well based on today I would say not. They are in the ‘final phase’ of their presentation, a time where they really need to have some ‘punch’ with the jury. That just did not happen.

Bringing George Anthony back on the stand for the 8 millionth time was not only pointless, but it was also damaging to the basic credibility of the defense case.

Jose Baez did nothing more than open yet more doors for Jeff Ashton to drive his very large truck through. I have never talked to Jeff Ashton, but I will bet he is one sharp man. Nothing escapes his attention in the court room. Mess with Jeff, go sit in the Dunces corner!

I have to admit that I was expecting a couple of witnesses to be declared as Hostile. Jeff Ashton has not done that, in fact he has taken the opposite approach. Witnesses for the defense have turned out to be assets rather than liabilities for the prosecution.

We saw that today. While George Anthony is on both the defense and prosecution witness list, he scored way more points for the prosecution. You can read Jan’s article here.

I was amused and amazed when Jose Baez decided to introduce Dr. Sally Karioth as an expert witness. The ‘Smack Down’ was so obvious it was embarrassing. My take on it was having (paraphrasing) published in ‘Death For Dummies’ and a mention in ‘Chicken Soup For The Grieving’ she should be viewed as being a ‘peer reviewed’ expert.

I am somewhat surprised that I was not called to testify on the subject of Winnie The Pooh. I am a huge fan of A. A. Milnes work. I could take the stand and tell you all about ‘Winnie the Pooh’. Of course that might be a little technical for the defense.

They instead wanted to talk about the grieving process. Yes, everyone has their own style. I know that from personal experience. A couple of years ago a very good friend of mine passed away. It is a long story, but I went to a bar, I bought two Bud’s, one for me, one for him. I sat quietly at a table and grieved. I walked out 30 minutes later, one beer left on the table.

The Grief doctor is right. Different people do different things. Of course it was right at this point that Jeff Ashton got his verbal chain-saw running. He used it to hack this witness to pieces. I am sure that when she left the stand she needed her own ‘traumoligist’ (is that even a word)? It must be, apparently she has a PhD in it. It almost wants to make me go back to school. It reminds me of a very old Monty Python sketch, my PhD will be about the prehistoric Brontosaurus. It is thin at one end, much, much thicker in the middle, and thin again at the other end!

I have to admit that I was laughing as Jeff Ashton reduced this ‘expert’ to dust. Apparently there is no set pattern to grief. Some people are happy, some people are sad. About the only thing this silly lady did not say is that some people go to Target to buy Lingerie and beer, and then zip off to get a quick Tat saying ‘Bella Vita’.

I am sure that the business of grief counseling is a serious one. However, today’s performance was better set on Saturday Night Live than a court of law.

Simon Barrett.

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