Several thoughts crossed my mind this week, while attending the trial:
Stabbed in the back: Remember last week when Joe Price called Kathy Wone and told her Robert had been stabbed in the back, well it looks like that could be taken several different ways. One, the way Kathy seemed to take it, was Joe was talking physically as if Robert had physically been stabbed in the back. It could also have been geographically as in “Robert was stabbed in the back of the house.” Which might give an actual location that for the crime that would not be consistent with the defendants’ statements. But last evening a smart person in our group came up with a third inference that could be the metaphorically stabbed in the back, which is an awfully strange interpretation but in this awfully strange case it could make sense.
My life will never be the same: At one point during Victor Zaborsky’s interview with Detective Kasul he breaks down and says, “My life will never be the same.” I got to thinking about that statement this week. If you were just a witness to a crime, how will your life change such that it will never be the same? And second, while we have heard Joe Price be very self-focused and narcisstic in his interview, it was a surprise to see the gentle soul Victor be the same way. It seems that he isn’t the only one to think that the evening’s events happened to him instead of to the man who happened to lose his life that night. It it a rare moment of resignation on the part of Zaborsky that seems to show more about what he isn’t telling the detective than what he is revealing.
More thoughts after the jump.
Douglas Deedrick: A group of us began talking yesterday, and thought if Goslinoski was the canary, what animal was Doug Deedrick? A few of us offered a turtle. Here is a guy, who looks like he has become a professional witness, just like the defense’s Henry Lee, who did not and would not stick his head out during his defense cross exam. Every time the defense went at him hard, he just pulled his head back under his shell, especially during questioning about his experimental evidence. He appeared entirely lackadaisical about the methodology he undertook on his experiments. For example, to show that he didn’t put much thought in the controls of his experiment he said he “just got a T-shirt from Goodwill or somewhere like that.” We know he didn’t get to be one of the top FBI investigators with this type of carefree approach. Now, Doug Deedrick is a man who has been on the witness stand is several high profile cases, including the OJ Simpson case. The defense came at him for all the same reasons as they did that time — his testimony doesn’t have scientific validity. Why then does Deedrick appear as if he is a Supreme Court nominee who can’t recall or remember information. This is not the same venue, unless of course, this is what Deedrick has learned, and he learned not to stick his head out. He did, though, far better during cross examination when discussing his findings of actual crime scene information from the Wone case, than he did on his own experiments.
Relationships: Speaking of Doug Deedrick, the defense seemed to hit him on the fact that prosecution witness Robert Spalding gave him a towel and some equine blood to conduct his experiments, indicating there was some sort of collusion between these two former FBI agents. If the defense makes that case, it would seem perfectly acceptable for the prosecution to ask questions of defense experts about their relationships. For example, the defense has cardiac surgeons Dr. Farzad Najam and Dr. Eric Wechsler who will testify that Robert suffered from a cardiac tamponade as result of the knife wound and died instantly. Maybe the prosecution should also ask their cardiac surgeons how many conferences they have attended with one of the defendant’s fathers, one Dr. Needham Ward, who from public documents is also financing the brunt of his defense. That seems like it could be a fair question to establish the objectivity of the defense witnesses and their opinions.
Now we are off to the third week of the trial.
– Posted by David