With God as my Witness, and Attorney, and Judge, and Jury…
Posted by Jenna Capyk on August 2, 2011
In a recent move, Mr. Jeffs took the theatrical route of deciding to represent himself. After having gone through seven lawyers before the trial began, he kicked his carefully selected legal team to the curb right before opening statements. To many of us, this may seem like a risky move, but that’s assuming conventional legal standards and practices. Mr. Jeffs, however, seems to have something quite different in mind. In a move that has Hollywood screenwriters chomping at the bit, Jeffs has started to employ an unconventional legal strategy. Instead of addressing the DNA and testimonial evidence of the prosecution with contradictory evidence or even denial, Jeffs has elected to present different evidence: the direct word of God. This is not the abstract or objective, “look, it’s a sign!” type evidence, either; no, we’re talking actual declarations from the Big man himself. He has filed a formal motion to have the judge overseeing his case removed; this motion is based on a revelation he was granted from God himself. His outbursts in court have also included threatening the jury and other parties with sickness and bodily harm. Well, not threatening them directly, just passing on the message from You Know Who. Furthermore, he appended to his motion a document described as “Exhibit A” which included 29 orders directly from God. If that’s not solid evidence, I don’t know what is.
Clearly these proceedings have proceeded a little off-centre. If I’ve learned anything from TV court proceedings it’s that the opposing legal team must be given the opportunity to independently examine the evidence. If Jeffs’ star witness does manage to come through, good luck to the prosecution. Otherwise, it is my personal prophesy that some prison is about to gain a passionate new preacher.