Yesterday the deposition of the goat’s wife did not proceed as scheduled. Sarah Greer’s deposition was rescheduled for January 10, 2017. But yesterday the lawyers in the goat case met with Judge Shea for a status and scheduling conference. Judge Shea ordered that the goat be tried, hanged and brought to the guillotine on the date of May 10, 2017, a few weeks after Passover. The hanging part was a joke. So was the guillotine. I apologize if I offended readers with sensitive dispositions. I have a dark sense of humor.
I hope and pray that the goat will see the errors of his ways, repent, and make restitution to the many children he victimized over the last thirty years. But I know that will never happen. The goat is a psychopath. The goat is a menace to society. The goat serves no useful purpose to humanity. The Talmud says that whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world, and whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world. The goat destroyed many souls and many worlds. Victims of the goat will suffer for the rest of their lives.
The Judge’s order summarized what is going on in the goat case. The court indicated that the lawyers are going to schedule the depositions of Mirlis and his wife. Avi Hack’s deposition may be taken again. Attorney Ponvert, the attorney for Mirlis, objected to questions the goat’s attorney William Ward asked Avi Hack during his last deposition. Ward asked Avi about a relationship Avi had with a former student. Ponvert objected to this line of questioning, claiming it had no relevance to whether the goat raped Mirlis. The Court has still not ruled on this objection.
The Judge’s order reveals that Attorney Ponvert served the goat’s attorney with a document called a “request for admissions.” A request for admissions is a list of statements that the goat must either admit or deny. Ponvert probably sent the goat’s attorney a series of statements that required the goat to either admit or deny whether or not he raped children.
The Federal Rule gave the goat 30 days to respond to the requests for admissions: “A party may serve on any other party a written request to admit… the truth of any matters… A matter is admitted unless, within 30 days after being served, the party to whom the request is directed serves on the requesting party a written answer or objection addressed to the matter and signed by the party or its attorney…
According to the order issued by Judge Shea, the goat’s attorney never responded to the requests for admission. Under the Federal Rule, the failure to respond renders the matter admitted by the goat: “A matter admitted under this rule is conclusively established unless the court, on motion, permits the admission to be withdrawn or amended…”
The Federal status conference order indicates that the goat’s attorney wants to file a motion to change his answers: “Defense counsel reported at the conference that he had sent the requests for admission to his client but that his client told him (apparently during the conference) that he had not received them. Defense counsel confirmed that he had not reported to plaintiff’s counsel previously that Defendant Greer had not received the requests for admission.”
Attorney Ward claims that the goat ate his own homework. The goat never allowed such lame excuses from his students at the compound. There was always a strict code of discipline at the compound. The students who attended the goat school were constantly subjected to rebuke, public humiliation and days confined to solitary confinement in the shalos suedas room, with a knife on the table, or locked up in one of the goat’s apartments.
The goat issued the orders and his First Lieutenant henchman Avi Hack carried out the punishment. The goat was the King of the Compound. Avi Hack was the Chief Executioner. The loyal subjects of the kingdom, consisting of Greers, Hacks and Gracks, sang “All hail the King!” But the King fell from his perch, and all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put the King Goat back together again. The King Goat’s disloyal subjects abandoned ship and fled the compound.
There was always one or two students at the compound who were never subjected to punishment. These were the students who submitted to the King Goat’s depravity. The King Goat had to frighten teenage boys into submission. If they still refused to submit, the goat had to instill fear and terror in their minds in order to discourage them from going to the police.
The King Goat’s close relationship with the New Haven Police Department was a further disincentive for the boys to rat out the goat. The King Goat rented out his building to the New Haven Police Department as their police substation. The King Goat’s son was appointed by the Mayor to community police boards and commissions. The King Goat had the New Haven chief of police speak at his annual fundraiser. The King Goat had the boys in blue eating out of his hairy paws.
I was told by former students that there was always at least one student who was subjected to daily beatings by the other students. This was encouraged by Chief Executioner Avi Hack. I was also told by former students that the students who submitted to the King Goat were allowed to come and go as they pleased. They were never punished or disciplined if they skipped class.
I was contacted by a parent of a former student who told me that her child was in the King Goat school at the same time as Mirlis. Her child couldn’t sleep at night. He was in constant fear of his life. My guess is that Mirlis was treated as the teacher’s pet. It was either submit to the King Goat, or live in fear for your life.
I was recently contacted by a student at Columbia University. This student wanted to interview me for a writing project that is focused on the King Goat. I anticipate I will be interviewed for many more scholarly articles, journals and PhD dissertations. I don’t understand why there are still people out there who don’t take me seriously.
Here is a copy of yesterday’s Court Order:
CONFERENCE MEMORANDUM AND ORDER:
On January 3, 2017, I held a status conference under Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 with Antonio Ponvert III, attorney for the plaintiff, and William J. Ward, attorney for the defendants. Plaintiff, Eliyahu Mirilis, and Defendant Daniel Greer were also present. At the conference, the following topics were discussed: (i) the status of discovery in the case, (ii) deadlines for the remainder of the case, (iii) a trial date, and (iv) issues related to the defendant’s invoking his Fifth Amendment rights at his deposition.
Both counsel indicated that discovery is substantially complete. There do remain depositions of plaintiff, plaintiff’s wife, and the two non-party witnesses identified, respectively, in docket numbers 29 and 78. The parties informed me that they are working, in good faith, to schedule those depositions so as to complete discovery by the February 1, 2017 deadline. Defense counsel also indicated his intent to file a motion seeking the Court’s permission to file late responses to plaintiff’s requests for admissions and/or to to request the Court’s permission that any admissions be withdrawn or amended. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 36. Defense counsel reported at the conference that he had sent the requests for admission to his client but that his client told him (apparently during the conference) that he had not received them. Defense counsel confirmed that he had not reported to plaintiff’s counsel previously that Defendant Greer had not received the requests for admission. I advised defense counsel that he was at liberty to file any such motion, but I would reserve judgment until such motion had been filed and fully briefed.
Based on the discussion at the conference, the Court hereby orders as follows: (1) jury selection is set for May 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom Two, 450 Main St., Hartford, CT before the undersigned, (2) evidence will begin as soon as possible after jury selection after taking into account the Court’s trial schedule (including the other pending cases before this Court with the same jury selection date), and as discussed, counsel shall be prepared to try the case any time in May on or after May 10, 2017, (3) the joint trial memorandum is due April 10, 2017 and shall comply with the undersigned’s instructions, (4) the pretrial conference is set for May 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom Two, 450 Main St., Hartford, CT before the undersigned, (5) any motion in limine shall be filed on or before March 30, 2017 in accordance with the undersigned’s instructions, and (6) any responses to any motion in limine shall be filed on or before April 16, 2017 in accordance with the undersigned’s instructions.
At the conference I also urged the parties to consider the possibility of settlement. As discussed, I will refer the case to mediation whenever both parties agree to such referral in good faith and are willing to represent that mediation stands a reasonable chance of resolving the case (and thus is not likely to waste the time of the Magistrate Judge). Specifically, if the parties are interested in referral for mediation, they should file a joint statement certifying that (1) counsel have conferred with their clients and each other, (2) the parties wish to proceed to mediation, (3) the parties are willing to participate in settlement efforts at such mediation in good faith, and (4) counsel believe that a mediation stands at least a reasonable chance of resolving the case without trial. As I told the parties, in light of the fact that the trial is approximately four months away,they should file the joint statement as soon as possible if they wish to mediate before trial, and especially if they wish to do so without incurring the expense of preparing the joint trial memorandum.
Finally, the parties are responsible for following the attached instructions regarding the joint trial memorandum, which the Court hereby incorporates as part of this Order.
Signed by Judge Michael P. Shea on 1/3/2017. (Howard, H.) (Entered: 01/03/2017)