I walked into court this morning and took my seat behind the Goat and the Dow. The Dow walked over to me and yelled at me in front of his Goat client. The Dow was all bluster, he was trying to impress the Goat. The Dow accused me of telling the Goat’s secretary Jean Ledbury that she would lose her job if she testifies on behalf of the Goat. I spoke with Ledbury a few times while she was in court. I don’t recall telling her anything of that nature. The Dow also accused me of speaking to the Goat’s witness Dr. Thomas DeRosa, who was in the hallway waiting to testify. Not that I spoke with him today. I admit I spoke with Mr. DeRosa a couple of weeks ago after he was named as a witness in the Goat case. There was nothing illegal about me speaking with Thomas DeRosa. He had not problem talking to me. The Dow threatened to “tell the Judge on me.” The Dow is a tattletale. He belongs in the green chair.
I swung by Mr. DeRosa’s house in Southbury on 9/5 at around 5 PM. He lives in a nice little house in a wooded cul de sac. DeRosa is about 66 years old but he looks twenty years older. DeRosa has a physical disability, he can’t stand too long. He talks slow, as if he had some other physical disabilities, probably in pain. I told him I was a parent of a former student of the Goat school and wanted to talk to him about the case as he was named as a witness for the Goat. He said he was a witness and he knew he was expected to testify. He was a friendly guy. He didn’t look very happy about having to go to court.
I asked DeRosa if he sent an email to Attorney Bjoka after the $20 million verdict against the Goat. He said he didn’t remember sending an email to Attorney Bjoka. Bjoka signed an affidavit attesting that he received an email from DeRosa, which he forwarded to Goat Attorney William Ward. DeRosa doesn’t look like the kind of guy who sits in front of a computer, he is frail. DeRosa told me that he spoke with the Goat’s attorney William Ward on the telephone.
DeRosa told me that he thought the Mirlis civil case was a “shakedown.” I asked him why. He said what else could it be, they must want the Goat’s money. He said Mirlis was always sitting on Avi Hacks desk. He said he used to knock on the door and when he entered he always saw them there in that position. Eventually he said he got so sick of it so he stopped knocking on the door. He stopped going in Avi’s office.
DeRosa said that Mirlis had behavioral problems and threw furniture, yelled out to kill the Christians. He said, “why does he think that Jews are better than other people, he shouldn’t be taught that, that’s not right.” DeRosa said he suspects Mirlis stole his two expensive Blanc pens, $250 each. He said he can’t prove it. The Goat tried to get DeRosa to testify that he heard 14 year old Mirlis yell out “Kill the Christians!” The State objected. Objection SUSTAINED by Judge Alander.
DeRosa taught one class at the Goat school for HS boys at 2 PM, there were 5 or 6 students. He said he couldn’t take it anymore, the place was very strange. He never taught before, let alone teenagers. He was always in research. He got up at 4 AM and wrote his book and then went to the goat later in the afternoon.
DeRosa told me that Mirlis didn’t take the final so he gave him an F. Avi told him to change the grade. DeRosa was shocked that Avi would tell him to change the grade. He found the entire school very disturbing, especially his dealings with Avi.
DeRosa didn’t have much contact with the Goat but he told me that he knows that the Goat has a bad temper. DeRosa told me that he never saw the Gettingers or heard of them. DeRosa didn’t know anything about a girls school, he said the Ewe taught the elementary school. DeRosa said the chain of command was Avi, the Ewe, and the Goat. DeRosa was instructed to report to Avi. Even though he had a big problem with Avi he never went over Avi’s head and reported Avi’s behavior to the Goat or the Ewe. The State didn’t ask DeRosa anything about the Gettingers during cross examination.
DeRosa told me that Mrs. Ledbery would know more about molestation than him, she was in all the rooms, always there always around all the time. I left DeRosa with Avi Hack’s deposition, along with a recent article from the New Haven register and the attorney Ward and Bjoka affidavits. At first he didn’t want to see any articles or paperwork. After speaking with him for awhile he warmed up to me and said he would look at this stuff. It didn’t appear he read anything about the case, as he wasn’t familiar with anything. He mentioned he read something in the paper some time ago. His memory wasn’t the best.
The Dow tried to get DeRosa to testify as to his opinion of whether he thought Mirlis spoke the truth. The State objected. Judge Alander sustained the objection. Judge Alander said that the issue is whether Mirlis is currently honest in his testimony before the Court. The last contact DeRosa had with with Mirlis was 14 years ago, which is too remote for DeRosa to testify as to whether Mirlis is currently honest. Judge Alander also would not let DeRosa testify that Mirlis said “kill all the Christians.” Judge Alander said there was no probative value to this evidence, unless The Goat was a Christian. Judge Alander ruled: “Since the Goat is a rabbi, an Orthodox Jew, that statement is precluded. With regard to DeRosa’s opinion as to the truth or veracity of Mirlis is too remote to have any probative value. The issue is whether Mirlis is truthful as to his testimony today, when he was 14 years old whether he was truthful is too remote, the Dow is precluded. 14 years is too distant for DeRosa to testify as to the truth or veracity of Mirlis.”
DeRosa testified that he had a BS in chemistry. He taught at the Yeshiva of New Haven a year or a year and a half and was a “reluctant high school teacher. I taught chemistry and math and general science. Not many students. Eli mirlis was a student. Just a student. Mirils was uncooperative and dangerous. Mirlis acted out a great deal. I couldn’t handle it, I reported it to Avi Hack and received no support at all. Hack was assistant principal in some capacity.”
Mirlis testified that he had pizza with DeRosa at Edge of the Woods. The Dow asked whether he ever had pizza with Eli, and discuss “sauce and gravy.” DeRosa stated: “I was never outside of school with him for any reason. I never had a cup of tea with him.”
The State’s Attorney began her cross of DeRosa by asking him: Are you Italian? Objection by the Dow. Objection SUSTAINED. The State asked: What do you call pizza sauce? I call it sauce. Have you ever heard pizza sauce called gravy? No gravy is brown. This DeRosa guy obviously knows nothing of the sauce gravy debate among Italian Americans.
The State asked DeRosa: You never took classes in child development? ” I have a BA in psych. Very little background in psych. Never took a class on how to teach students. I reported problems to Avi Hack, I don’t know what his role was. I rarely regularly reported problems, on one hand he said I was. Rabbi Hack did nothing about them. I had no interaction with the Goat. The Goat was typically in his office. He taught a class, I observed him teach on one occasion. The chain of command was Rabbi Hack, Rebetzin Greer, and under no circumstances was I to go to Rabbi Greer. I never reported to Rabbi Greer.”
On redirect the Dow’s star witness blew up in the Goat’s face. DeRosa said the following: “Eli was given an F. I got a call the next evening from Hack, to justify the F. I told Hack that he never took exams, I had nothing to base my grade on and he wouldn’t attend class. Hack said he was doing other things, he didn’t elaborate. It was changed to a B, from what I understand.” DeRosa’s testimony bolstered the testimony of Mirlis and Akiva, who both testified that Mirlis was never in class because he was always out with the Goat. The fact that Mirlis’ grade was changed to a B from an F also made the Goat look bad. The State’s attorney hammered this fact home during closing argument.
The Ewe did NOT testify for the Goat. She was not seen in court at all during the entire day. Last week one of the spectators told me that she overheard the Goat yelling on his cell phone on the eighth floor, “SARAH YOU MUST SUPPORT ME, I NEED YOU TO SUPPORT ME!”
After the Goat rested his case with the testimony of Rabbi Notis the Dow filed a last minute motion to dismiss the second degree statutory rape charges based on the statute of limitations. The State charged the Goat under the wrong criminal statute. The Dow waited until after he rested to file his motion because he knew that after his case rested the State would not be allowed to amend the charges under a different rape statute. Judge Alander dismissed four counts of sexual assault but allowed four counts of risk of injury to a minor, a class B felony, to stand. The Dow pulled a giant Rabbi out of his hat. I have never seen the Goat so happy. The Ewe suddenly appeared in Court grinning from ear to ear. The jury will decide the Goat’s guilt or innocence on the risk of injury charges tomorrow morning. If the Goat is convicted of risk of injury he will not have to register as a sex offender. The Goat will be able to re-start his Goat school for children. It is highly doubtful that the State will bring new charges of sexual assault against the Goat. If the Goat is convicted Judge Alander will determine the Goat’s sentence within a few weeks during a sentencing hearing.
We’re marching on, from the Criminal Court at 235 Church Street, New Haven, on to the outer edges of the galaxy, we’re marching merrily, goat cliff after goat cliff we are conquering! Yechi Noodles! Moshiach Now!
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