The jury was deadlocked all day. They kept sending notes to Judge Shea. It looked as if the Goat was going to scurry away.
Attorney Ward was walking around with a big smile on his face. The Cheshire cat smile. Ward even smiled at the Goat’s arch enemy Larry Noodles. This was the first time Ward even glanced in my direction.
Attorney Amanda Nugent was yukking it up with Sarah Greer in the hallway. Attorney Grudberg was more reserved. Grudberg knows the game. He was raised by the legendary criminal defense attorney Ira Grudberg. He knows you don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. Even the Goat was more reserved. The Goat may be evil, but he is not stupid.
Attorney Ponvert was on pins and needles. He couldn’t sit still. He was pacing the halls. He looked very nervous. It didn’t look good.
It was getting late in the day. Attorney Ponvert’s assistant had to leave the courthouse. Ms. Mirlis had to go home to her family. The only people left in the courthouse on the Mirlis side were Ponvert and Noodles. A Larry Noodles fan who works downtown in Hartford strolled in around 3:30 PM. She was following Facebook updates I had posted.
The jury sent a note to Judge Shea. We have a verdict. Judge Shea called in the jury. Judge Shea read the verdict. $15 million dollars in compensatory damages awarded to Mirlis. Another $5 million for punitive damages. Daniel Greer and the Yeshiva of New Haven liable on all counts of the complaint. Ward and Nugent looked like they were going to throw up. The Goat remained calm, but he looked very angry. Ponvert was ecstatic. Ponvert ran out of the courthouse to celebrate.
The Goat scurried out of the courthouse as fast as he could, escorted by Ward. Larry Noodles was there to film the Goat running to his car. Grudberg was nowhere to be seen. Neither was Nugent.
Chris Peak from the New Haven Independent followed the goat to his minivan. Chris reported that the goat hugged Ward before he got into his minivan. The only friends who remain for the goat are people whom the goat hands wads of cash.
Larry Noodles is scheduled to appear in court with the goat on Monday for a hearing that is scheduled for the Goat’s restraining order. We shall see if the Goat follows through with this hearing.