Thursday, December 6, 2012
'The Bible may as well be a Rolling Stone magazine'
Judge George Pulver tossed Tony
Renna’s entire testimony and told him to leave the courthouse and not talk
about the case until a verdict is reached.
Yesterday, Renna told the jury he forged
ballots on McDonough’s desk at the Board of Elections while McDonough watched.
Today, he gets on the stand and says that’s not what really happened and all he
did was hand off the ballots – and it’s unclear if they were filled out or not
because Pulver never let it get that far.
As attorney Brian Premo asked of
Renna yesterday: “What’s in it for you?”
Something changed between
yesterday and today and we may never know what that is but safe to say
It’s going to be interesting to
see what Pulver does when he decides on Renna’s sentence – he did plead guilty
to a felony with an undetermined sentence and what that sentence is is up to
Pulver. I don’t know the judge that well, but I’m guessing any judge frowns on
a witness blatantly committing perjury in his court and I don’t know how else
you can define what Renna did either yesterday or today.
At least Sarah Couch, who also
changed her testimony from the first trial to former Councilman Michael LoPorto’s
re-trial, did it within the legal parameters in that she gave notice and what
not. She just didn’t get up on the stand and change pretty pertinent testimony
around without any notice to the attorneys or the judge.
One of the best Tweets/commentary tht came out of it came from McDonough's wife, Jackie. She said: "The Bible may as well be a Rolling Stone magazine."