Sorry, my speak and spell is giving me a hard time.
Hello everybody, you defacto law professor/dean of fuckery, doctor of doctoring/ honorary DVM/ and Queen of everything is back with another truly exciting chapter in the Chism trial.
This is day 5 of the Trial. Day 6 will follow within the next day.
We started out discovering that the Judge was still mad and we still didn’t have a pool camera in the courtroom. Therefore, I am relying on news reports and tweets from someone that is there.
The student that was on the stand on day 4 is back on the stand for cross by the defense. This should be absolutely jaw dropping since all the rest of the defenses crosses up to this point have been.
Defense attorney Regan is doing the cross this time and asks if the student recalls Jizzy telling her he’d been to China. (note to self, start checking unsolved rape/theft/stabbings in China.) She said she did not so he showed her her statement. She said that Jizzy was mumbling and that was it for the stunning cross of the witness. The state decided on redirect and asked how he seemed when they were alone in the classroom and she replied that he seemed fine.
Next up on the student parade was a soccer teammate of Jism’s. While they were waiting for the witness to be brought in the Judge remarked that this was the best dressed Jury he had ever seen on all his years on the bench.
Ramci Escorcia took the stand. He said they were friends and played soccer together. His nickname for Jism was Caco. Now, Caco has a couple of meanings depending on context. Shard, improvisational, pieces. I think that the word actually used was cacaor which can mean to fool, to mock, to chaff, to joke again depending on context. Nether one really seems to fit, but my Portuguese isn’t bad and Caco definitely means what I said. Anyway, he said Jism was a good soccer player because that matters. He saw him in math class and asked if he would see him at practice but Jism didn’t answer. What was he supposed to say? No I think instead of soccer practice I’m going to kill Ms. Ritzer, rape her for a while and then dump the body, but hey if I have time I’ll try and get there? Ramci went to the field and waited for him anyway but he never showed up. Ramci actually went looking for him on the second floor of the academic wing, saw him and called him by his nickname. Jism said he’d lost something and Ramci offered to help him look. Jism said no and then broke into a run. There was video that we didn’t get to see because of the douche cameraman that fucked it for everybody. Apparently on the video Jizzy can be seen breaking into a run with a very confused Ramci behind him throwing up his arms.
Ramci saw Jism pulling his portable body disposal unit behind him and again asked him what was going on. Jism said “nothing, just go to the soccer field.” At that point Ramci did just that. Mom of the psychopath showed up after soccer practice and Ramci told her he had seen Jism and that he appeared scared and sweating. Jeez, I wonder why he’d be scared and sweating when he now had a witness.
Regan was up for the cross exam. Her cross was all about his demeanor. She asked if he seemed normal (and we have a winner for newest stupid defense question) to which Ranci answered no. And with that question Ranci was excused.
Next on the stand is another classmate. He said that Jism seemed completely normal to him that day. They were supposed to do math worksheets but Jizzy was doodling.
Okay we could do this all day so all the students said he seemed perfectly normal. No questions from the defense.
Next to the stand was a teacher, Pamela Foss. Ms. Foss said that Jism originally started college prep courses but switched to honors because apparently the severely mentally ill person was in need of more of a challenge. She recalled a few short pleasant conversations with him and that he told her he had learned Japanese. She stated that she and other core subject teachers(I’m going to assume that means maths, sciences, English, history etc because we just call them teachers in Canada) about him missing some homework. Jism’s mother kept her eyes downcast as the teacher testified. The last question from the prosecution was about a history test that day. Ms. Foss stated that he had done very well on the test.
Susan Oker is taking the cross exam for the defense. She asked about Jizzy being so quiet. Ms. Foss snarled back that she wouldn’t say that Jism was SO quiet, just quiet like dozens of other students. Pamela Foss was not the one when it came to the murderer of her friend and the defense realized it immediately. Oker quickly muttered no more questions and Ms. Foss left the bench.
For whatever reason, the state decided to call police Lt. Michael Holleran. He supervises the thing that passes as the crime lab. He went to the primary crime scene and used The chemical 5-amino-2,3-dihydro-1,4-phthalazinedione, better known as Luminol. Luminol can detect blood that has been diluted 10,000 times. It is powerful enough to detect blood that has been painted over, blood that has been bleached, basically if there was blood there and there was not a flood, the Luminol will pick it up. Why am I stunned that this crime lab even knows what Luminol is?
The jury was shown photo’s of the blood that had been washed away but was shown up by the Luminol. There was also a blood drop that had been missed by the cleaner on one of the rolls of toilet paper. The state asked him what he did next and he answered that he headed into the woods with lab employees and some troopers. He saw a disturbance in the leaves and someone announced that there was a toe sticking out of the leaves. The jury was told how the body was found and pictures of the body were passed around to the jury. They were apparently quite graphic. Before the jury saw them the Judge told them they were going to be disturbing and they needed to be able to compartmentalize for their own sanity. While the jury was working on keeping breakfast down as they took a look at the pictures the lawyers were at a sidebar. Judge Lowy mercifully called for the morning break. He is very concerned for the mental welfare of this jury which speaks volumes about the crime.
Back from the morning recess the cross examination of Holleran got underway. John Osler is doing this cross. He asked about Jism’s id being found on top of his backpack, the point of which was to show the jury that Jism was not acting rationally. My thoughts are that A) he didn’t want his id on him if he got picked up and B) he had cash and credit cards off of his victim so it isn’t like he needed it and C) it was on purpose to make it look like an irrational act.
The print guy was next on the prosecution list of witnesses. Everything that was printed was listed and then something stupid was said. He said that the usual method for testing for prints is fuming. Now, fuming is a way to print some stuff, but it is definitely not the usual method anywhere that I am aware of because it is expensive and time consuming. He then clarified and said they fumed the bin. That makes much more sense because of the lip on the inside of the lid and things. They had to build an airtight chamber, fume with superglue and wait. He did get four really good prints though. It was on the back part of the lid where someone would hold it to open it. The trooper photographed it for enlargement to better see the ridge pattern. It was then run through AFIS . AFIS stands for Automated Fingerprint Identification System. AFIS returned a possible on Jism’s middle finger because he’s been saying a big fuck you since this started. The trooper then had to manually compared them and they matched.
The officer next explained about the stick (it was a 3ft long 2 and a half pond piece of wood just for clarities sake) and that they decided because it was porous and they could lose other valuable evidence they decided not to print it.
There were no prints found on the boxcutter, so jism obviously wiped it down.
For the defense cross examination they decided that bitching about Jizzy’s prints only being in the system for comparison because he was arrested was better than questioning the methods used to print the items. Go figure.
The video’s were then played again and court was adjourned until Monday the 23rd.
since I have not been able to physically see the trial, many thanks to the Boston Globe, the Salem News and Julie Manganis who is live tweeting from the courtroom. Cameras will be back on Monday hopefully.
That’s it for Day 5 (thank you baby jesus)
RBMD peacing the fuck out.