The Goat’s entire defense relied on the testimony of the Goat himself and the testimony of his secretary Jean Ledbury. The Goat called no other witnesses. The Goat section of the courtroom was completely empty.
Ledbury testified first. For the first time during the entire trial the Goat tapped attorney Angela Nugent from his wet dream team of attorneys to ask the questions. So far Angela has been a bench warmer, with Grudberg and Ward doing all the work.
Ledbury told the jury she has worked at the Goat school for 19 years. She told the jury that she knew Mirlis and that she knew the Goat. Jean Ledbury didn’t have much to say, other than she saw pictures of Mirlis on Facebook jet skiing. She said he looked happy.
Attorney Nugent asked Ledbury about a prank Mirlis played on her when he was in the Goat high school. Ledbury told the jury that Mirlis and his friends stole her set of keys to many of the rooms in the compound. She said she didn’t know they stole the keys. She said they took the keys to the key shop and made duplicates and then returned her keys without her even knowing it. She said she couldn’t understand how the boys were getting into all the rooms. She said that she laughed about it with the boys. The Goat must really be desperate if this is all he has on Mirlis.
Ledbury testified that Mirlis came back to New Haven for a sheva brachas party after he got married. Avi Hack threw him a party in his apartment. Nugent asked if the Goat was the principal speaker at this party. Ledbury said he was one of the people who spoke. I was at this party. The Goat never spent much time at events at apartments in the compound that were hosted by the Goat boys or Avi Hack. The Goat would make a brief appearance and then leave. The Goat always had more important things to do, like take a nap. He needed his beauty rest. Plus the Goat was not good in crowds. He would frequently get drunk and embarrass either himself or someone else, usually one of the Goat boys or his grandchildren. The Goat boys tried to keep the Goat out of public events.
On cross examination Attorney Ponvert asked Ledbury whether the Goat ever yelled at her. Ledbury conceded that the Goat had a very bad temper. She said it rolled off her. Ledbury conceded that the Yeshiva of New Haven, which is controlled by the Goat, paid her every week for her service. After Ledbury testified, she sat behind Sarah Greer and the Goat briefly, and then left. She didn’t look very happy having to appear in Federal court.
Attorney Ward has recently been promoted to serve as the Goat’s personal bodyguard. He escorts the Goat and his wife to their minivan parked behind the courthouse. Yesterday the Goat sneaked out the back of the courthouse building. Reporter Chris Peak from the New Haven Independent lied in wait behind the courthouse building and snapped his photo. I don’t know how the Goat was able to convince the Federal marshals that a serial child rapist should get special treatment and be let out the back door in order to avoid news reporters. Nobody else gets to sneak out the back door. The Goat didn’t try to get a restraining order against Chris Peak for stalking the Goat in the back of the Goat’s courthouse, waiting to ambush.
Today after Court the Goat tried to avoid reporter Peak once again. The Goat went out the front of the courthouse building, figuring that Peak was waiting to ambush him in the back. Attorney Ward proudly escorted this depraved monster to his minivan.
When I filmed the Goat coming out of the front of the courthouse during jury selection the Goat walked with Attorney Grudberg. As soon as I took out my camera, Grudberg ran from the Goat and let the Goat fend for himself. Abandon ship. Grudberg didn’t even say goodbye to the Goat. What kind of an attorney abandons his client at the first sight of Larry Noodles? Especially an attorney whose law firm is getting paid close to $2,000.00 an hour to defend the Goat.
Grudberg works for the high powered law firm of Carmody & Torrence. He would rather be handling high profile white collar cases. He doesn’t want to get his hands dirty with the likes of child rapist Greer and blogger Larry Noodles. Ward, on the other hand, works out of his farm in Litchfield. Ward is used to getting his hands dirty.
The Goat took the witness stand in his defense. He had already testified during Mirlis’ case in chief, although he refused to answer the question of whether he raped children. Now it was the Goat’s turn to put on his best defense. Attorney Grudberg took over. Attorney Nugent was back in the bullpen.
The Goat’s entire defense, other than the testimony of Jean Ledbury, rested upon a handful of documents Grudberg submitted to the jury. The Goat told the jury that these documents were drafts of transfer documents that Avi Hack left on the Goat’s desk. Had the Goat signed these documents, the Yeshiva building, and the dorm to the Yeshiva located at 249-251 Ellsworth Avenue, would have been transferred to Avi Hack and Ezi Greer, the Goat’s son.
Ponvert cross examined the Goat about these documents. Ponvert asked the Goat whether one of the Goat’s attorneys drafted the documents. The Goat went into a rage, and bellowed, “I BEG YOUR PARDON!” The Goat got very angry during cross examination, especially when Ponvert asked the Goat whether his own sons were trying to get him to turn over the school.
The Goat testified during the trial that he owns over 40 buildings. Why would Avi Hack prepare transfer documents to only two buildings? If Avi really wanted to cash in he would have prepared transfer documents to 40 buildings.
Ponvert got the best of the Goat. Evidence ended with the Goat visibly enraged when Ponvert said to him, “If the jury finds that you indeed molested these children, and you are found liable, for years of molestation and child rape, don’t you think it is only logical that your children would want you to step down from the school, and that it is proper that you not run a school for children?” Grudberg jumped up and objected. Judge Shea sustained the objection. Ponvert will get to argue this point to the jury during closing arguments tomorrow morning.
The jury needs to hammer the Goat with a large verdict. A large verdict will get the attention of the overworked State’s Attorney’s Office. Mirlis went to the police a year ago. The Goat is surprisingly still a free man. The Goat still maintains a boarding school with 20 or so teenage boys. A ten million dollar verdict, or higher, should put some pressure on the authorities to lock this monster up and shut down his school for good.