You really should check the original version of both the Pied Piper Story and Trial Advocacy to see how close I stick to the title. I will get to the Pied Piper in a moment, but a pretty close description of trial advocacy is presented as it was written by Jill Trumbull Harris in a previous post.
Now her story told about Stephano was 100% consistent. The old man lived in a pig sty that only a mentally ill person could endure. He lived alone and spent every waking moment typing in URL’s of kiddie porn sites where he intentionally downloaded 40,000 porn pictures of which, 600 were readily identified as kiddie porn. This deranged 64 year old man took time to learn everything about computer security in the two months he owned the machine, his machine was fully protected and he never got hit by pornloaders or was unintentionally redirected to a site which had kiddie porn. He was just a disgusting dirty old man who liked looking at kiddie porn and if he would stop, no one would ever molest a child again as there would be no profit motive if people stopped paying for porn.
Now the problem with the story is that it never fit the facts. Obviously this deranged old man had no credit cards or memberships at pay per view sites and never used a chat room. But some evidence was on Jill’s side and that was the pictures. Every time the defense would discredit her case, she would show a few hundred really nasty pictures and the video of the horrific dump Stephano lived in. Over and over the jury was told that possession of only one picture was a criminal offense but he possessed 600. Now if the story were tried strictly on the thesis, it would be tough to beat. Unfortunately, there was a complete body of evidence that contradicted her story.
According to Jill, it is permissible to minimize evidence and contradict witnesses when they contradict your story as long as it’s done in an ethical manner. However, the question which will be explored is about suborning perjury under the guise of Homeland Security and the Protected Critical Information Infrastructure Act.
Now as the Pied Piper, Jill Trumbull Harris came to St. Croix to protect the community from perverts if only the witnesses would help her develop her story and remember things her way. It’s hard to know what siren song she sang that mesmerized her witnesses it to mindlessly following her story line and failing to tell the simple truth when asked a direct question.
It appears that Stephano’s attorney has finally presented an appeal that leaves the judge with a Faustian dilemma. The appeal is based on blatant and provable perjury. If he grants the appeal, perjury charges should follow and be directed at federally employed agents and expert witnesses.
Now Jill got a promotion and is probably above the law so it will be interesting to see who is blamed for the perjured testimony. However like the Pied Piper she will flee our community forever and leave us with memories of her dastardly deed.