"All the while [my lawyer] was reading [excerpts from Talmud], the Crown Counsel sat there squirming and playing with her pen and the Justice and the witness were daunted by the whole episode. Earlier on, [hate crime cop] Wilson had been lauding the Talmud as one of the Jews "Holy" books and attempting to convince the jury that any negative criticism of it was just pure anti-semitism and hatred."
Dear Arthur [Topham]
If i were in your position, I would defend myself by reading excerpts from the Talmud and demand to know why Jews haven't been charged with hate crimes. Just the news that this is your defence should put the fear in them.
9:35 PM (7 minutes ago)
Judging from your email which I just read at 7:15 pm my time you appear to have been doing some "remote viewing" of the scene in the courtroom this afternoon.
Today was the day that my counsel began to cross examine the ex police officer Terry Wilson who testified throughout the earlier part of the week. As you may already be aware, one of the online books that the Crown is using as evidence to prove their case is Elizabeth Dillings book The Jewish Religion: It's Influence Today. I'm sure you're familiar with it. Anyway, seeing as they introduced it defence was able to argue as to its authenticity (as per the sections of the Talmud that Dilling quotes throughout the book).
My counsel asked the former detective if he had read the book and he said he had read it (the online version). He asked Wilson if he had read the Talmud. He said he hadn't. Then asked Wilson if he had checked out the footnotes to the various quotations to ascertain whether or not they were reliable and could be sourced to the actual text. Wilson said he hadn't done that either.
After confirming that Wilson hadn't done anything but read the online text and then concluded that the book was anti-semitic and hateful he then established the fact that Wilson wasn't an "expert" in determining what "hate" was; only that he relied upon the definition used in the Keegstra Case as a guideline.
This opened up the door for my lawyer to select some of the more gross and controversial instances contained in the Talmud which related to sexual issues, and children, etc. He carefully read them out to the jury and had Wilson acknowledge that each selection conformed to the book. The jury of 8 women and 4 men sat there and listened to the an assortment of rather perverse and loathsome behaviours. When my counsel finished reading them, the day's proceedings ended.
All the while he was reading them out Crown Counsel sat there squirming and playing with her pen and the Justice and the witness were daunted by the whole episode. Earlier on Wilson had been testifying and lauding the Talmud as one of the Jews "Holy" books and attempting to convince the jury that any negative criticism of it was just pure anti-semitism and hatred.
Just what effect it had on the jury remains to be seen, but I don't think it left them with a very good taste in their mouths.
Tomorrow Len Rudner is appearing as Crown's "Expert witness". It will also be another interesting day.
So it appears we're on the same page here.
P.S. This afternoon Gilad Atzmon arrived in town. He's our Expert witness and will be testifying after Rudner on "Jewish identity", etc. It's a great honour to have Gilad come half way around the world to assist me in this trial. I hope to send out another report this weekend.
Thanks for writing Henry.