My trial for Criminal Trespassing, which began on September 3rd, completed its second day of testimony yesterday after an adjournment of three weeks. All witnesses have now been heard from: the Crown's witnesses and my witnesses...all except one that is, which is me myself. And I will testify when we return on the 4th of December. Then we will have closing arguments from both sides. Meanwhile, the action on the Civil front has been on a temporary hold while a Master was assigned to take charge of the growing volume of case files associated with the three actions which I am now working simultaneoulsy. We'll be going into the Master's chambers tomorrow to set down some timelines for filing of briefs and affidavits. But more on that later.
It was an exhausting day in court yesterday. We didn't get out til after six in the evening. I examined six witnesses, none of whom were friendly to me and a couple of whom were downright seething with hostility right from the get-go. How did it turn out? I believe it was disastrous for the University. I'll be filling in the details over the next few days, but for now all I'm going to say is this: the biggest mistake they made since kicking me out of school two years ago was when they thought they could throw me in jail for trespassing. They thought they could push me around and get away with it, but they forgot two things. First, they're so used to having their way in their own internal star chambers, where they set the rules and interpret them as they see fit, that they forgot what it's like in a real court when the other side gets to do things like cross-examine witnesses and subpoena documents. It was best expressed by Professor Bush towards the end of a round of questions in which I had been holding him accountable for his previous sworn testimony, when he sniffed indignantly: "what are you going to do now, try and catch me in a contradiction with all those documents you have at your fingerips?" To which the answer is: yes, Professor Bush, that's what I'm going to try and do. That's what happens when you go into a real court.
I said there were two things they forgot to take into account...that's one. It's the second one that's the real killer, and this is it: they forgot that the lies they needed to tell in order to beat me on the criminal case were different than the lies they needed to tell to beat me on the civil case. They never took that into account when they went into this thing, and now it's coming back to bite them in the ass.