Goat Verdict Climbs to $22 Million

The attorney for Mirlis filed documents in court the other day asking Judge Shea to render a final judgment in the case.  The jury had awarded Mirlis $15 million plus punitive damages.  The amount of punitive damages will be set at $5 million, which is one third of the judgment, the contingency fee charged by Attorney Ponvert.

Mirlis is also entitled to interest at $4,383.56 per day for each day that the Goat refuses to pay the $20 million judgment.  Interest through the end of May is $1,722,739.68.  The Goat gets charged 8% per year in interest on the unpaid judgment.  The $15 million verdict, plus $5 million in punitive damages, plus $1.7 million in interest comes to a current bill of $22 million that the Goat owes to Mirlis.  Going forward the Goat gets tagged interest at $4,383.56 per day that he doesn’t pay this bill.

The paperwork reveals that Mirlis made a settlement offer in the amount of $2.9 million, in December of 2016.  Because the Goat refused to accept the settlement offer, the Goat gets hit with the $4,383.56 bill a day charged as  interest on the judgment.  The Goat will have 30 days to appeal the judgment filed by the Court.

The Goat doesn’t seem to care about the fact that he owes Milris $22 million, and is charged almost $5K a day in interest.  The Goat had Shavuot services over the last two days at his compound filled with wayward teenage boys imported from Lakewood.  You could hear these Lakewood Boys singing with the Goat throughout the neighborhood.  Plus the Goat has Lakewood Rabbi Notis to assist him at the restructured compound.

The Goat had his devoted Ewe Sarah Greer to support him at the compound over Shavuot.  The Ewe probably doesn’t realize that she was sloppy seconds.  The Goat was previously engaged to one Bleema Rubin in January of 1969.  Check out page ten of the Lincoln Square Synagogue newsletter from 1969.  A warm mazel tov is extended to “Mr. Daniel Greer, Chairman of our Hebrew School Committee on his engagement to Miss. Bleema Rubin.”

Is it possible that young Daniel Greer was raping children in the Lincoln Square Hebrew School back in the 1960s?  Who is Bleema Rubin?  Did she ditch the Goat after learning that he was a pedophile?

Goat Reported to the Authorities

At this point in time many outraged citizens have reported the Goat and Rabbi Notis to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, the Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, the Connecticut Department of Education, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Family Services.

I have heard from many individuals enraged that the Goat continues to operate a boarding school in Goat controlled buildings.  In the wake of scandals all over this country of child rape at elite private boarding schools, and the Catholic Church, it is unfathomable that a child molester is allowed continue to operate a school for teenage wayward boys.

Individuals are outraged that the Goat child rapist rabbi walks around the compound with impunity.  The silence of established Jewish organizations is deafening.  Not a word from the Jewish Federation or leaders in the field of Jewish education.   The very people who regularly publicly excoriate controversial speakers at universities are silent when it comes to a Goat rabbi who likes to put his paws on Jewish children.  The very people who get worked up into a frenzy over guys like Mel Gibson are passive sheep when it comes to the Goat.  Religious Jews who have been caught trying to sell treif meat as kosher get tarred and feathered and kicked out of the country.  Yet the Goat gets honored with new students from Lakewood, New Jersey, who learn at his yeshiva.

Meanwhile, back at the compound, life goes on as normal.  I spotted many teenage boys walking around the compound getting ready for Shavuot.  The Goat put up pine branches in the shul.  You can see them hanging out the windows on the second floor.  The Goat will fill his house with complete strangers tonight.  These strangers will sing and drink wine with the Goat.  After the Goat stuffs his belly, he will proceed to stay up all night learning with these strangers at his shul.

If Daniel Greer were a broke goat nobody would humor him at the compound.  Ten million bucks buys the Goat many friends.  Raping Jewish children bought the Goat many enemies.  Hopefully the boys in blue who work for the Federal Government and the State of Connecticut will consider the Goat public enemy number one.

The Goat’s children are long gone.  The only family member who remains is the Goat’s loyal partner in crime Sarah Greer, who stood by when her own children were raped by the Goat.

Mordachai Biser Did Not Have Sex With the Goat

During the legal proceedings in the case of Eli Mirlis v. Daniel Greer court documents were filed asking Daniel Greer to either admit or deny that he had sex with Mordechai Biser.  Greer initially did not respond to these legal documents. Greer’s attorney William Ward claimed Greer had lost the documents.  Then Ward claimed that the Goat was insulted by the questions, and refused to respond.  Eventually the Goat did respond and denied ever having sex with Mordechai Biser.

Recently I was granted an exclusive interview with Mr. Biser.  Mr. Biser contacted me and told me that he did not have sex with Daniel Greer, or any other man for that matter.  He is a healthy heterosexual male, unlike the depraved Goat, who is an unhealthy pedophile who prays on young boys.

When I first reported about Biser’s name coming up in court documents, I pointed out that Biser’s Linked In page listed that he was the executive director of one of Greer’s non-profits from 1989 to 1995.  Biser has since removed all references to his employment in New Haven on his Linked In page.

When I asked some of the old timers in New Haven about Biser, I heard nothing but positive reports.  One local said that Biser felt bad about some mischief that Greer was involved.  Apparently the Goat was slandering a local New Haven rabbi.  According to this local, this is reason Biser left town, never to return to New Haven. I tried to ask Biser questions about his tenure in New Haven, but he had no comment.  At least he didn’t plead the Fifth Amendment, unlike the Goat.

Biser went to Yale University and Yale Law School from 1976 to 1987.  In 1981 Biser worked for famous New York pollster Louis Harris.  Louis Harris was a top aide to Mayor John Lindsay.  The goat had a big position in the Lindsay administration, before the goat lost an election and was run out of New York.  Lindsay and the goat both grew up on Riverside Drive in Manhattan.  Harris grew up in New Haven.  I tried to contact Mr. Harris and Mr. Lindsay to find out more information about the Goat.  Unfortunately Harris and Lindsay no longer exist, but I will try to reach out to their children and grandchildren.

 

Sample Letter Directed to Chief State’s Attorney

Chief State’s Attorney Office, 300 Corporate Place, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Via Fax:  860-258-5858                       Via Email:  conndcj@ct.gov

Dear Sir / Ma’am:

Daniel Greer and his now defunct boarding school Yeshiva of New Haven were recently found liable in a civil jury trial in the amount of $15 million in the Federal District Court for the District of Hartford in the case of Eliyahu Mirlis v. Daniel Greer, et al, 3:16 cv 00678.  Daniel Greer was found liable for raping a former student at his now defunct private boarding school located at 765 Elm Street, New Haven, CT.

During this civil trial the former principal of the Greer school, Avi Hack, testified that he was repeatedly raped as a minor at 765 Elm Street, and in other buildings located in close proximity to 765 Elm Street, buildings owned by non-profit entities controlled by Daniel Greer.  During the civil trial Dr. Julian Ford, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, testified that the plaintiff Mirlis suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome due to the trauma inflicted by Daniel Greer.  Dr. Ford testified that there was evidence that Daniel Greer molested his own children Ezi Greer and / or Dov Greer.  Ezi Greer lives in Waterbury, CT.   I have been told that there are other victims who have not come forward.  Attorney Antonio Ponvert of Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider would have additional information about other victims, information that was not admitted into evidence during the civil trial.

Upon information and belief, at the present time a man by the name of Rabbi Notis, from Lakewood, NJ, runs a private boarding school with minor students in the very buildings where Avi Hack and Eli Mirlis were raped by Daniel Greer as students.  I am requesting that the State conduct an investigation into the relationship between Daniel Greer and Rabbi Notis.  I have heard that Rabbi Notis is either getting paid by Daniel Greer, or is not paying Mr. Greer any money for the use of these buildings.  I have been told that Daniel Greer is in close contact with these minors on a daily basis, and Daniel Greer has access to the buildings in which these minors sleep every night.

I believe that Rabbi Notis should be investigated in order to determine whether he is in violation of § 53-21 of the Connecticut Criminal Code.   § 53-21 of the Connecticut Criminal Code provides the following:  “(a) Any person who (1) wilfully or unlawfully causes or permits any child under the age of sixteen years to be placed in such a situation that the life or limb of such child is endangered, the health of such child is likely to be injured or the morals of such child are likely to be impaired, or does any act likely to impair the health or morals of any such child, shall be guilty of …. a class C felony for a violation of subdivision (1)… of this subsection…”

The Connecticut Supreme Court has interpreted § 53-21:  “The general purpose of § 53-21 is to protect the physical and psychological well-being of children from the potentially harmful conduct of adults… both parts of the statute are intended to protect children from predatory and potentially harmful conduct of adults… the first part of § 53-21 prohibits the willful creation of a ‘situation’ likely to impair the health of a child and thus encompasses the protection of the body as well as the safety and security of the environment in which the child exists, and for which the adult is responsible. The plain language of the first part of § 53-21 indicates the legislature’s understanding that there is a broad class of intentional conduct that can put a child’s well-being seriously at risk without any physical contact by the perpetrator…”  State v. Payne.

I do not have firsthand knowledge of the information I set forth above.  I did not witness Daniel Greer rape anyone.  I am requesting that the State of Connecticut conduct an investigation in order to determine whether any criminal laws are currently being violated.

Very Truly Yours,

/s/

A Concerned Citizen

State’s Attorney Should Charge Rabbi Notis With Multiple Counts of Risk of Injury to A Child

Now that Daniel Greer has been adjudged a serial pedophile by a jury of his peers, the 20 minors living in buildings controlled by the Greer are all at risk.  Currently Rabbi Notis runs a boarding school in which 20 minors are living in apartments owned by non-profit organizations controlled by the Goat.  These minor children are schooled in a building in which the Goat lurks about, leering at these youngsters.

Rabbi Notis and these minor children are aware of the $15 million verdict against the Goat.  Notis and these minor children are aware that the former principal of the Goat school, Avi Hack, testified that he was repeatedly raped in the very buildings these minors now occupy.  Notis and these minor children are aware that Mirlis testified that he too was repeatedly raped in the very buildings that these minors now occupy.  Notis is aware that Dr. Julian Ford, a distinguished professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, testified that Mirlis suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after being raped by the Goat in these buildings.  Ford further testified that there was evidence that the Goat molested his own children Ezi and / or Dov Greer.

Yet Notis continues to run a boarding school in which he exposes these 20 minors to a serial pedophile on a daily basis.  Notis should be charged with 20 counts of violation of Section 53-21 of the Connecticut Criminal Code, risk of injury to a minor, a class C felony.

Section 53-21 of the Connecticut Criminal Code provides he following:  “(a) Any person who (1) wilfully or unlawfully causes or permits any child under the age of sixteen years to be placed in such a situation that the life or limb of such child is endangered, the health of such child is likely to be injured or the morals of such child are likely to be impaired, or does any act likely to impair the health or morals of any such child, shall be guilty of …. a class C felony for a violation of subdivision (1)… of this subsection…”

The Connecticut Supreme Court has interpreted this statute in the following manner:  “The general purpose of § 53-21 is to protect the physical and psychological well-being of children from the potentially harmful conduct of adults… both parts of the statute are intended to protect children from predatory and potentially harmful conduct of adults… the first part of § 53-21 prohibits the wilful creation of a ‘situation’ likely to impair the health of a child and thus encompasses the protection of the body as well as the safety and security of the environment in which the child exists, and for which the adult is responsible. The plain language of the first part of § 53-21 indicates the legislature’s understanding that there is a broad class of intentional conduct that can put a child’s well-being seriously at risk without any physical contact by the perpetrator…”  State v. Payne.

The Chief State’s Attorney in Connecticut is Kevin Kane.  The conduct of Rabbi Notis needs to be reported to Attorney Kane so that he may open an investigation.  Attorney Kane needs to contact Mirlis, Avi Hack, Ezi Greer, Dov Greer and Dr. Julian Ford in order to obtain further information about the Goat that was not allowed into evidence during the Mirlis trial.

Signed $15 M Jury Verdict Form Filed With the Court

The verdict form the jury filled out awarding Mirlis $15 million was just filed with the Court.  The newspapers got it wrong when they reported that the verdict was $20 million.  See for yourself.  The form says $15 million and it is signed by the foreman of the jury.

The foreman wrote “Yes” to the question on whether to award punitive damages.  Punitive damages are limited to the Plaintiff’s attorneys fees.  Judge Shea told the lawyers after the verdict to try to come to an agreement as to the amount of attorneys fees.  The Goat should get a refund of attorneys fees that he paid his incompetent attorney William Ward.  Ward doesn’t even know how to read a restraining order.  The Goat shouldn’t be billed for the time Ward spent misreading a bogus restraining order when Ward tried getting me thrown out of court.

The $15 million dollar verdict against Greer is the largest verdict ever in the history of the State of Connecticut.  At least I couldn’t find anything higher.  The next highest award was against the Boy Scouts of America for $12 million.  But this award was just overturned by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

You don’t see large multi million dollar verdicts in the State of Connecticut very often.  Connecticut used to be the insurance capital of the world.  Juries tend to be conservative in Connecticut, unlike States like New York or Texas.

In other news, Greer henchman Harold Hack moved out of New Haven yesterday.  During trial evidence came out that Harold and his wife resigned from the Goat organizations in 2011 because the Goat stopped giving them blank checks.  I guess the Goat didn’t like the Hacks frivolous spending on such luxury items as special Shabbos toothpaste imported from Israel.

Harold Hack hired “Young Stud” movers to cart him and his belongings up to Waterbury.  He should have hired Old Goat Movers.  Harold’s son Avi moved into a McMansion in Providence that cost close to a half a million bucks.  Avi put down a hundred large. Harold didn’t splurge.  He didn’t have access to the Goat’s blank checks.  Harold purchased a red brick ranch at 111 Avalon Circle for $236K a couple of weeks ago.

Harold’s new house is not as fancy as the three story Victorian he lived in for the last 40 years in the compound.  Harold even constructed a mini version of his Victorian out of toothpicks.  He had a party to celebrate his house of cards.  He gave a long speech about what a Jewish home means to him.  He had a strong emotional attachment to the compound.  Eventually the house of cards came crashing down on him and his cult leader the Goat.

Harold was the Goat’s Grim Reaper.  Avi Hack testified that Harold was responsible for firing employees.  He was also responsible for telling parents that their kids were no longer welcome at the Goat school.  You had to put out for the Goat if you wanted to stay in the compound.

In Waterbury the Grim Reaper will be closer to his son Ezi Greer, who is known as “Rabbi Greer” in Waterbury.  Ezi and Avi banged on the double locked door when they heard the Goat raping 15 year old Mirlis. Hopefully Ezi will do more than just bang on a door if he discovers a child getting raped.

The Goat’s wife has been spotted out and about town with a large smile painted on her face.  I guess she is happy that the Goat was hit with the largest verdict in the history of the State of Connecticut for child molestation.  The Goat is famous.

I heard that Jerry Paleface, Quick Draw McGraw, Mr. Robot, Gary Lynes, and Mark Roffman haven’t been seen in the compound for weeks.  Have they finally realized that the Goat is a monster?  What took them so long?  The only grown up left in the compound is a New Jersey guy by the name of Rabbi Notis.  Did Notis notice that everyone left?

Notis is hanging around the compound because he sees a senile, decrepit, old man worth $10 million dollars with no heirs to the thrown.  There will be other vultures and hardened Jewish criminals who will move into the compound.  Just wait and see.  I should know, I was incarcerated with some of the best and brightest Jewish criminal minds in the United States.  The Goat will appear to be an easy target.  But these thugs will underestimate the Goat.  The Goat’s own family couldn’t wrest control of the compound.  The Goat will make sure he is buried with his money, every last cent.

111 Avalon Circle, Waterbury, CT

Another Goat Victim Contacts Larry Noodles

I was contacted today by another victim of the Goat.  This former student said that the Goat tried to French kiss him as he ate a bag of peanuts.  Disgusting!

This student was invited by the Goat to go to Edgewood Park at midnight.  The student was only 13 years old.  The student told the Goat that it was fine with him to go to Edgewood Park.  This student wasn’t sure why the Goat wanted to go to Edgewood Park, but he was a youngster, and young adults are taught to obey grownups, especially people in authority such as the “rabbi” who is in charge of a Jewish yeshiva.

The Goat asked this student what he liked to drink.  The student told me that he was confused by the question.  This 13 year old youth did not drink alcohol.

The Goat picked up this student and took him to Edgewood Park.  The Goat presented the student with a bottle of wine and a bag of peanuts.  Mirlis also testified that his first goat groping occurred when the Goat brought out a bag of cashews and a bottle of alcohol.

While this student munched on peanuts the Goat lurched forward and put his mouth on this boy’s mouth, and proceeded to try to put his goat tongue inside of the boy’s mouth.  The boy backed away and thought the Goat lost his mind.  The Goat apologized and drove the boy back to the dorm.  The Goat was inebriated at this point, and almost crashed his minivan.  The Goat made it home and must have passed out immediately.  The former student said that the goat still had peanuts stuck in his beard the next morning during prayer services.

The State of Connecticut can prosecute the Goat for raping Mirlis.  There is no problem with the Statute of Limitations.  On May 23, 2002, the Connecticut legislature extending the limitation period for prosecuting a case of sexual assault of a minor. The statute provides: “no person may be prosecuted for any offense, except a class A felony, involving sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor except within thirty years from the date the victim attains the age of majority or within five years from the date the victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney…”  This statute is not retroactive. The thirty years only applies to the rape of a minor committed after May 23, 2002.

Mirlis testified that he first got raped by the Goat in the 10th grade.  Mirlis would have been about 15 years old, which would have made him a minor.  Mirlis said he reported the rape to the police department in 2015.  The police have five years, or until the year 2020, within which to prosecute the Goat.

Avi Hack testified that he was getting raped by the goat from 1992 until his engagement in 2004.  The 30 year statute of limitations would not apply to the rape of Avi as a minor, because the statute only applies to sexual assault of a minor committed after 2002.  Avi was not a minor in 2002.  The prosecution of the Goat for the rape of Avi would fall under the old statute of limitations.  The State’s attorney would be barred from prosecuting the Goat.

The Goat’s attorney William Ward failed to raise the issue of Avi and Mirlis getting raped at the same time.  One of his many blunders.   According to the testimony presented during trial, the Goat raped Mirlis during high school, which would have been the same time he was raped Avi Hack.

The State’s Attorney’s Office can still prosecute the Goat for raping Mirlis.  In such a case Avi’s testimony may or may not be allowed in evidence, depending on how the court rules. The case law would seem to allow the admission of such evidence.   “In sexual assault cases evidence of prior sex offenses committed with persons other than the prosecuting witness is admissible to show a common design or plan [when] the prior offenses (1) are not too remote in time; (2) are similar to the offense charged; and (3) are committed upon persons similar to the prosecuting witness.”  State v. DeJesus.

If evidence of Hack getting raped does not come into evidence, the State’s Attorney would have a tough case to prove.  The Goat could argue that the rape of Avi Hack was too remote in time.  It would then be the word of Mirlis against the word of the Goat.  The Goat would be able to completely avoid getting on the witness stand.

Others need to come forward, such as the Goat’s own children, and testify about prior sexual offenses committed by the Goat, in order to show a pattern of behavior.  The Judge would have to allow such evidence before the jury.  The Goat would be sent to jail where he belongs.

Goat Celebrates $20M Jury Verdict at the Compound

One day after the jury slammed the Goat with a $20 million dollar verdict the Goat celebrated.  An arsonist also celebrated.  A house located across the street from a couple of goat buildings was torched early Friday evening.  The house that was torched was painted the same drab army green as Goat houses in the neighborhood.  For many years the Goat convinced neighbors in the compound to paint their houses the same color as his houses.  At times the Goat organized protests in front of neighbors who did not comply with the color code of the compound.  Twenty years ago reporter Paul Bass wrote about how neighbors would receive letters from the Goat pointing out issues the Goat had with their houses.

The house that was torched was not a Goat owned house.  Since it was Friday evening, the local Orthodox Jews could not use their cell phones to determine whether it was a Goat building.  Many local Jews converged upon the house as there were emergency vehicles all over the compound.  The students at the Goat school also went to watch the fire, and roast marshmallows.  The locals told the Goat students about the $20 million dollar verdict.  The wayward teenage boys didn’t seem to care.  They still believed in the Goat despite the verdict.

It is possible that the arsonist intended to attack a Goat owned building but got the wrong building, as they both looked the same.  Arsonists are not known to be very bright.  The biggest arson attack in the State of Connecticut, and possibly the entire United States, against Jewish institutions and Jewish persons was committed by a 17 year old Jewish teenager named Barry Dov Schuss.  In 1983 Schuss set fire to a number of synagogues, the home of a Rabbi and the home of a Jewish political figure, all located in West Hartford.  At the time of the fires Schuss was enrolled in the Torah Academy in New Haven.  At this time the Goat was just starting his operation, which was very small.  The Torah Academy was also very small. The Goat and his early followers shared space with the Torah Academy.  The Goat and his followers prayed with the Torah Academy three times a day.  Schuss would have seen the Goat on a daily basis.  Schuss may have been living in a Goat apartment while he attended Torah Academy.  Did Schuss come back to New Haven in order to take revenge on the Goat a day after the verdict?

Yesterday, ie., the Sabbath, many local Jews walked over to the compound to speak with the teenagers and the young “rabbi” who operates a boarding school in the compound.  This yeshiva for at risk teens is run by “rabbi” Nodis.  Nodis didn’t seem to care that he is exposing at risk teens to a known pedophile.  Nodis is more interested in picking up golden goat eggs at the compound.

The boys at the yeshiva told the locals that they sang Shabbat songs with the Goat to celebrate his victory in court.  Attorney Ponvert argued that the Goat should pay $48 million.  The jury only slammed the Goat with a $20 million verdict.  This was a big victory.

The Goat will never have to cough up $20 million.  The verdict was only against the Goat personally and the Yeshiva of New Haven.  The Goat owns the following property: his residence on Edgewood Park, two condominium units in Newport, RI, and a building lot in Wareham, MA.  These properties are owned jointly with his wife.  Mirlis would only be entitled to half the value of these properties.  Plus the goat would be entitled to a $75K homestead exemption on his residence.

The Yeshiva of New Haven owns two building lots in Bethany, CT.  The Yeshiva of New Haven does NOT own the Goat nightmare on Elm Street building.  That building is owned by the Gan School, a completely separate entity.  Mirlis would not be able to force the Goat to sell the very building where he raped Avi Hack, where he hid pornographic magazines in a room right above the synagogue, where he and Avi locked up boys for many days at a time in the shalos suedah room and fed them nothing but bread and water with a giant challah knife left in the room, and where he raped Eli Mirlis.

In the old days the Goat and Avi Hack tortured and abused teenage boys into submission.  Now that the Goat is exposed as a pedophile, he must employ a new business model.  The new school is run in such a way that these boys do whatever they want.  They smoke pot and drink alcohol whenever they have the urge.  Plus many are from broken homes and have mental problems.  One had a breakdown and was admitted to the Yale Psychiatric Unit.  Perfect targets for a wealthy pedophile sugar daddy like the Goat.

The Goat doesn’t have to pretend that he is a legitimate rabbi anymore.  He is out of the closet, with the full blessing of “rabbi” Nodis.  In closing arguments Attorney Ponvert told the jury that Mirlis was raped by the Goat, and now is being victimized again by having to endure a trial.  Ponvert implored the jury not to put their hands on the knife that is being twisted into the back of Mirlis by the Goat and his lawyer William Ward. The Goat still has a knife in his hands, waiting to stick it into a teenage boy.  Will “rabbi” Nodis put his hand on the Goat knife?

Back in the Old Country the Goat would have been tarred and feathered by now.  There wouldn’t be a trial.  Here in America money talks.  The Goat got to keep most of his gold, despite the $20 million verdict.  American jails are mostly filled up with people who are either poor, minorities or mentally ill.  The Goat can pay off Nodis, and anyone else for that matter, in order to avoid justice.

There are other victims of the Goat out there.  A man in his seventies came forward and said that the Goat molested him while he was a Yale undergrad and the Goat was a Yale law student.  There is another student out there who was supposed to be part of the Mirlis case, but who declined to come forward.  I know of a former student and another individual who were each offered a bottle of alcohol and a cup of nuts by the Goat when he attempted to seduce them.  Mirlis testified that he was presented with a bottle of alcohol and a cup of peanuts when the Goat first made his moves.

Goat Get Hit With $20 Million Dollar Verdict

 

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.

Closing Arguments In Goat Trial

This morning Judge Shea charged the jury. It took about an hour for Judge Shea to read the instructions.  The judge gave each juror a copy of the instructions to read along.  Jury instructions can be confusing and contain a lot of legalese. Legal scholars have debated whether jury instructions should be more simplified.

The judge told the jury that they must decide whether Daniel Greer is liable in his individual capacity for raping Eli Mirlis, and whether the Yeshiva of New Haven is liable for not protecting Eli Mirlis.   If they decide that Greer and the Yeshiva are liable, then they have to come up with an award of compensation for Eli Mirlis, consisting of compensatory damages and punitive damages.

After the jury charge, the lawyers in the Greer child rape case each made closing arguments.  Attorney Ponvert went first.  Ponvert described to the jury how Mirlis was subjected repeatedly to forced anal sex, fondling, and oral sex.  Ponvert spoke about how Dr. Ford testified that such abuse as an adolescent, at a time when one is figuring out his identity, subjects one to a sense of shame, self disgust and anxiety for the rest of his life, an emotional shadow for the rest of his life, it won’t go away.  All of these things, we already know happen, we don’t need an expert to tell us.”

Ponvert told the jury, “If Dan Greer did not molest Mirlis, then Mirlis, Shira Mirlis, Avi Hack, and Dr. Ford are all liars.  If you think that they are all lying, then rule for the Defendant and be quick about it.  The Defendant offered no legitimate reason as to why he refused to answer questions and take the Fifth Amendment.”

Ponvert continued:  “When Greer accused Mirlis of being a liar in Court, he re-traumatized a victim of sexual abuse.  It was like twisting the knife in Mirlis, horrific.  Greer wants you to put your hands over his, and twist the knife.”

Ponvert told the jury: “If Avi Hack was lying, why would he confess to a decades long relationship with Greer and expose himself to charges that he failed to report the abuse to authorities?  What would be the motivation?  Retribution?  Retribution for what?  Avi and Mirlis honored Daniel Greer.”

Ponvert continued:  “Greer is calling Dr. Ford a liar?  A  board certified doctor with 40 years experience was completely taken in and duped?  Where is the defendant’s expert?  They could have hired their own expert and evaluate Mirlis and tell you Mirlis wasn’t harmed, but they didn’t do that because they know Mirlis was abused.”

Ponvert:  “Daniel Greer’s guilt screamed out during the trial.  He took the Fifth Amendment when I asked if he had sex with Mirlis in a motel, when I asked if he showed Mirlis pornography, when I asked whether he gave Mirlis alcohol, yet when I asked him if he had sex with Mirlis on a blanket in the woods in Bethany, he said “no.”   Greer had complicated and manipulated these proceedings and has been contemptuous of this court.”

Ponvert:  “The first kiss with Greer occurred when Greer was talking to Mirlis about his past, about his childhood.  That’s when Eli Mirlis gets emotional, that’s when a predator moves in, the predator uses Eli’s trust as an opening to having sex with a child.  The justice system is not perfect.  If we could put Greer in jail we would, but money is the only form of compensation we have available.”

Ponvert:  “Eli Mirlis told us about his first sexual experience with a girl in the eighth grade, he kissed a girl.  It wasn’t forced anal or oral sex in a hot tub in a motel in Branford.  His first experience was not with a 60 year old man, not with a rabbi.  At the end of our lives what do we have?  Relationships.  Eli doesn’t have that, he is a very lonely man.”

Ponvert argued to the jury that Mirlis should be awarded $38 million.  Ponvert came up with that number by putting a value of $1 million for each sexual assault, and there were at least 42 separate assaults.  Ponvert then calculated the life expectancy of Mirlis, which is another 70 years that Mirlis will suffer.  Ponvert argued that this was worth $1 million per year and came up with $70 million.  Ponvert then discounted the number to $38 million.

Mirlis would never be able to collect $38 million from the goat.  The goat is worth between five and ten million.  The Goat would have to file bankruptcy.  The Goat’s assets would be auctioned off.  Larry Noodles will be there to bid on the Goat’s goats.

Ward then made his closing argument to the jury.  Ward began by telling the jury that the Fifth Amendment was not a “punch line.”  Ward argued to the jury that Ponvert was asking the Goat “loaded questions” forcing the Goat to take the Fifth Amendment.  In Ward’s feeble mind, asking the Goat whether he molested Mirlis is a “loaded question.”  Ward told the jury that the judge instructed them that they “may” make an adverse inference against the Goat for refusing to testify but they didn’t have to.  Ward was basically arguing to the jury that they should take the side of the Goat for no other reason other than Ward telling them to.

Ward went on to argue to the jury that this case is not ordinary, it is a “complicated case, weird, odd, strange, a mystery.”  The only thing odd and strange about this case is the Goat and his wife the Ewe.  While on the subject of the Ewe, to set the record straight, an Ewe is a female sheep. There is no law against a goat marrying an ewe in the State of Connecticut.  Larry Noodles will not change her name to “Nanny.”

Ward then proceeded to mercilessly attack rape victims Mirlis and Hack.  Ward could have taken the high road and ask the jury to carefully consider the evidence and testimony and give the Goat the benefit of the doubt.  That would have been too easy.  Instead, Ward resorted to sleeze tactics.  Ward told the jury: “Mirlis admitted that he lied and admitted that he is a cheat.”  With a straight face Ward argued that Mirlis went on a “field trip in Paoli, PA, with his parents permission.”  Only the Yeshiva of New Haven offered overnight field trips in private motel rooms, with a hot tub,  with the rabbi.

Ward continued to attack Mirlis:  “Ledbury testified that Mirlis stole her keys.”  In Ward’s World the best way to prove that someone is dishonest is to bring up a prank from high school.  Ward must have received his law degree from a box of Frosted Flakes, his arguments were very flaky.

Ward’s World continued to attack Avi Hack:  “Avi tried to get Greer to leave since the Spring of 2011, and described Greer as a meddling old man.  Avi is the only other child who made these claims other than Mirlis.”  I guess two students who make these claims against the Goat is not enough for Ward’s World.  Ward wants to see at least fifty students who claim rape before he believes anyone.

Ward’s World attacked the parts of Avi’s videotaped deposition where Avi got choked up and couldn’t speak.  How low can Ward go?  Ward said to the jury, “Remember the long pauses in Avi’s testimony?  I asked him whether he was molested in high school.  He said he needed time to think of something that would jog his memory.  Do you really need something to jog your memory in order to remember something like sexual abuse???”

Ward’s sick world had no shame.  Ward mercilessly mocked Mirlis.  Ward made funny faces to the jury and said that Mirlis “looked distraught on the witness stand, he had a sad sack affect.”  Ward ridiculed Mirlis for not appearing during much of the trial.  Ward said, “There was no evidence that counselors advised Mirlis to stay away from the trial, that it was too traumatizing.”

Ponvert got ten minutes to rebut Ward’s sick world.  Ponvert told jurors, “I can’t believe that Greer’s lawyer called Mirlis a liar and a cheat throughout his closing.  This is the reason Eli Mirlis is not here.”

Ponvert pointed out to jurors that everyone referred to the Branford Motel as “the Branford Motel.”  Only the Goat referred to the Branford Motel by it’s proper name, ie., “the Branford Motor Inn.”

Ponvert finished by addressing the conspiracy defense argued by Ward’s World:  “If this was a massive plot or conspiracy or plot to take over, then Ezi Greer and Harold Hack were part of it, as the transfer documents had their names as part of the takeover.  This was not a conspiracy, this was everyone trying to get this pedophile out of a position where he could molest children.”

The jury was sent to lunch.  After lunch the jury came back and deliberated.  At about 3PM the jury presented a question to Judge Shea:  “If we finish this evening will we be able to reach a decision tonight or have to come back tomorrow?”  The judge told them they can go home if they reach a decision tonight.

After some period of time the jurors asked another question:  “Can we have some donuts and coffee from Dunkin Donuts?”  The Judge had the clerk pick them up donuts and coffee.

During deliberations the Goat sat at counsel table in the courtroom, while the Ewe sat behind him. They were both reading.  The Goat drank water from a large thermos type pitcher of water that was supplied by the court clerks.  The Goat didn’t check for a hechsher on the pitcher or ask whether the keylim was properly toyveled.  The Goat tried to get a court clerk to pour him the water but she refused and just left the pitcher and walked away.  The Ewe would not drink from the court provided pitchers of water, she is more machmir than her Goat.

The Goat didn’t look very happy during most of the deliberations.  The Goat cheered up at 4:43 PM when the jury wrote this note:  “We would like to see the transcript of Avi Hack’s video deposition.”  Judge Shea wrote back a note indicating that they could see portions of the videotaped deposition if they wanted.

This note would seem to indicate that the jury is struggling with the testimony of Avi Hack.  Or it could mean that the jury wants to look at the long pauses in Avi’s testimony, as Ward’s World had argued were faked.  Or it could mean that the jury wasn’t sure about how to make the Yeshiva of New Haven liable for damages caused by it’s agents, such as Avi.  Either way, the Goat was a pig in drek.  The Goat smiled and proudly walked out of the courtroom at 5 PM with his arm around Ward’s World.  Grudberg seems to be keeping his distance from the Goat.

The Goat didn’t notice, but when the jurors came out to be excused for the day at 5 PM, not one of them glanced at the Goat.  That is not a good sign.

There were three extended Greer clan members present in the Courtroom, on the Mirlis side.  Mirlis had a good crowd.  A few former students from New York also made the long journey to support Mirlis, along with Mirlis family members.  And there was also the ever present reporter from the New Haven Independent Christopher Peak.  Paul Bass remains holed up in his cubicle on Orange Street.  Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio????

The jurors will deliberate tomorrow morning at 9 AM.  Stay tuned…