When No Comment Speaks Volumes
During a break in the action at the most recent status hearing, your editors saw an opportunity to get some comment from a group we don’t hear from often enough: supporters of the defendants.
The court room was full, and while it’s not always possible to determine who is who, we quickly I.D.’d some individuals who looked to be there supporting Joe, Victor and Dylan. We were curious to get their reactions. Yes, some risk of blowback, but faint heart never won fair headline.
Asking pardon for the interruption, we identified ourselves as “bloggers covering the trial…” and asked each of the three if they had any comment on the day’s action, or the progress in general of the legal battles.
Of the three – one woman and two men – the woman fixed us with a hard gaze that never broke. The second individual, seated in the middle, cast an occasional nervous look our way, while the third stared stonily straight ahead.
To the first woman, “Do you have any comment?” came the brittle response “I have nothing to say to you.” The same question posed to the second individual was clearly upsetting, his face twitching hard, and silence. To the third individual – nothing. He never even acknowledged us.
Curiously, the bevvy of young associates who always sit in the front row behind the defense teams pointedly spun around, watching us hard. Perhaps they had something they wanted to share.
Next time maybe, they’ll be out of earshot of their bosses.
We suspect we know the identity of at least one of the three, who attends nearly every hearing and several other faces are starting to look familiar.
There is no doubt, however, they recognized our efforts and were not in any way inclined to engage.
It’s a safe bet that some are at least occasional readers. The ultimate lurkers.
The curt seven-word rebuff and their demeanor spoke volumes of anger and hurt directed our way. Had they felt freer to speak their mind, we suspect they would have given us a piece of it.
Next time maybe, they’ll be out of earshot of their three friends.
It’s disappointing to encounter such skepticism. From the start we have worked hard to find points of view sympathetic to the defendants, only to be met with simmering silence. It’s as frustrating as the defendant’s ongoing silence about the events of August 2nd, 2006.
The appeal continues. Anyone coming to this site who feels the defendants need a voice of support, please lend us yours.
Unlike the opinions of others, we believe there is still much to be said about this case. We welcome it all and want to hear it.
–posted by Doug