Hearings resume at 0930 hours (9:30 am) this morning, Tuesday, 21 October 2008. Greg Bell will return to resume his testimony. Bell was sworn in at 4:30 pm yesterday and was on the stand for all of 38 minutes before the commission called it a day!
They’re making a mad dash for the finish line. As I’ve said before these institutional witnesses seem to be on and off the stand at break-neck speed. Shawn White (CPS) finished his testimony. On and off in less than a day.
Dallas Lee (Victims Group) wanted to enter a document called the Morale Report into evidence. Peter Manderville objected. Glaude ruled that the document would not be entered in because “We have to — if we start doing that,then we’re not going to finish at the time that I’ve indicated we should be finished.”
It seems the Morale Report was authored by White. Lee wanted to ask questions about the report including who assigned White to wrote the report.
No go. Neither Dallas Lee nor we the unwashed public at this “public” inquiry will find out. The commissioner is racing for the finish line. The institutional witnesses are the beneficiaries of the time constraints :).
That aside, White’s testimony was the same old same old: foster children alleging sexual and physical abuse at the hands of CAS employees – no reasonable and probable grounds for conviction so no charges. That, and of course the impression conveyed that once upon a time – contrary to today! – society condoned child sexual abuse.
It all gets tiring. And sickening. Sometimes a need and take a time out 🙂
I will get media of the day and yesterday’s transcript posted.
Greg Bell is just testifying that when he first spoke to David Silmser in 1993 there was “a tenor of anguish” as Dave tried to recount his sex abuse allegations. A good descriptor. Anguish. I’ve seen and heard it often in the courtroom. Sheer anguish.
Enough for now,