In Doug’s excellent post that immediately precedes this one, he asks the question — what are the defendants doing to fill their time. My guess is they spend a fair amount of their time working with their attorneys. But that is only a guess.
From all public accounts, the only reward fund looking for information about this case has been set up by the Metropolitan Police Department. Where is the tip line, set up by the defendants for anonymous tips, where are the letters to the Washington Post, Washington Blade, and any publication announcing their effort to help solve this tragic crime? Where is the letter to friends asking for money to start a reward fund? Where is the fundraiser held at a swanky Dupont home, hosted by the defendants, where community members could offer 25, 50, 100, 500 or 1,000 dollars to help solve this crime?
Why should the defendants be publicly looking for the intruder? It may seem obvious to many but here are three key reasons.
First, Joe Price claimed Robert Wone was a “close and dear friend.” Robert Wone was not an acquaintance that Joe had just met, but a long-time friend whom he met when they both were at school at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. If a “close and dear friend” was murdered in your house, and then you served as pallbearer at his funeral, wouldn’t you want to make sure that the intruder was apprehended, and brought to justice? And while that may be an extremely difficult task, the least that would be asked of your conscience is that you were doing everything in your power to find the intruder. If I was, as US Attorney Glen Kirschner noted about Joe Price “a man of means,” the first thing I would do for my “dear and close friend” would be to set up a reward fund for anyone who could offer any information that would lead to apprehending the intruder.
Second, by working to bring the intruder to justice, this would not only bolster, but prove the defendant’s theory that an intruder killed Robert Wone. It is in the defendant’s self interest.
Third, the resources invested in a reward fund would in all likely hood be less expensive than expensive defense attorneys for three defendants. This is in the defendant’s financial self interest.
And in conversations I have had with friends who know the defendants personally, they have all said they are not aware of any efforts the defendants were taking to find the intruder. From all public accounts, the defendants have been very quiet, even non-existent, in their search to find the intruder. Reasoning leads one to believe this is not the best and most effective way to go about finding the assailant.
If you know that the defendants have looked to find the intruder, please let us know, we would be more than happy to help publicize their efforts.
– Posted by David