As of Monday, January 23, 2012, the trial of retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)
began. As spokesman for the Dugué family, Dr. Firpo Carr continues to expose the truth regarding the innocence of Sgt.
Dugué in the post Katrina Danziger Bridge incidents. Now, follow the blow-by-blow action as Dr. Carr supplies an article
summarizing the courtroom proceeding at the end of each day. Read what cannot be said in a court of law, but can be espoused
in the court of public opinion.]
The Trial of Gerard Dugué (Day 2)
Convicted lying felons as credible witnesses?
by Firpo Carr
24, 2012, Los Angeles, California--Embarrassingly, the prosecution started Day One off with a witness that actually
cleared retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué of the New Orleans Police Department, who was nowhere near the Danziger Bridge when
rogue cops blew her arm off and murdered two other people. Neither was he among intimidating police investigators sent to
harass her as she lay helpless, convalescing in her hospital room.
Now, on Day Two, the prosecution has jumped from the frying pan
into the fire by calling as witnesses two convicted felons--former Lt. Michael Lohman and former officer Ignatius Hills--both
guilty of previously lying under oath. Put another way, these were two ex-cops convicted in part of premeditatedly
lying under oath. And now, the prosecution wants the jury to believe these shackled murderous cops-turned-convicts.
If the stakes weren't so high, this would be laughable.
Rarely, in the history of jurisprudence in this fine land of ours has there been
such a stellar duo to grace the last bastion of hope, justice, and the American way, the ever so hallowed courtroom. We can
all sleep better now. In a deal worked out with the pitiful prosecution, two murderers have testified against an innocent
Distrustful of Own Witnesses: Comprehend this scenario, if you dare. (Pretend you're on the jury.): These two murderous
characters are escorted into the courtroom "shackled and handcuffed, wearing orange jail jumpsuits" according to
The Times-Picayune. Indeed, "they wore the uniform of inmates." Perhaps most notable among the many messages
this sends is that the prosecution doesn't even trust them! Since the team of prosecutors is going to be in close proximity
to these prosecution witnesses, they want these dangerous characters to remain in chains! Fathom that!
Is this an exaggeration? Note
what the Picayune wrote when "locked down" Lohman, presumably on the witness stand, was apparently asked
to point out something on a touch screen computer: "Because his hands were bound by steel manacles, Lohman was unable
to use the touch screen in front of him to identify objects in photographs when prompted by prosecutor Barbara ‘Bobbi'
Bernstein." Embattled Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein, with armed guards and police officers all around, doesn't
trust her own prosecution witness enough to even unshackle one of his hands to touch the touch screen! And they want
to jury to believe him?
This is a judicial conundrum, and turns upside down the concept of ‘hostile witnesses.' They were hostile,
mobile, and dressed in styled! (Scratch that. I stand corrected. They were dressed to kill!) Pardon me. I digress.
Boys and girls of the jury,
Embattled Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein wants YOU to trust Satan and his bastard son as they testify against cherubic
Gerard the Good. No, I didn't say "ladies and gentlemen of the jury" (although that's what I know
you are), because she and the rest of the prosecution team are treating you like children. I'm insulted with you.
Hills sold what was left of his soul to the Embattled Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein and agreed to lie for the prosecution.
The lie is that there was a "secret meeting" in January 2006 where guilty officers rehearsed their stories as to
what happened on the Danziger Bridge. Hills lies when questioned by the prosecution and says Dugué was there, and agreed
to cover for them. However, "Clobbering" Claude Kelly was having none of it.
When he cross-examined Hills, the convicted liar
"acknowledged that he has given different recollections over the years about who exactly was at that meeting," according
to one media source.
let's lighten up on Hills and give him the benefit of the doubt here. He and the prosecution are simply confusing 'secret
meetings.' I have it on good authority that Sgt. Gerard Dugué did, in fact, attend a "secret meeting" where
Hills was in attendance: along with Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and the Flintstones.
Kaufman the Mastermind: Irrespective of how badly
the prosecution tries to fit a square peg into a round hole; or convert an unreality into a reality; or attempts to re-create
what has yet to be created; retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué was not the mind behind the report. "Clobbering" Claude
Kelly pummeled Hills into submitting to the truth when he asked: "One thing you were consistent on: This was Kaufman's
show?" Mustering up a shred of dignity, Hills answered: "Correct."
The Lohman Lean: Former Lt. Lohman directly stated
that after he put Sgt. Dugué in charge (along with Sgt. Kaufman) of the follow-up investigation, he had limited contact
with him. "But Lohman emphasized," writes the Picayune, "that the report eventually produced by Dugué
and Kaufman was deeply flawed, riddled with inconsistencies and problems." So, should they equally share the blame? Leaning
toward a semblance of decency, Lohman "told jurors about how Kaufman later rejected his supervisor's help, submitting
an initial incident report into police records that Lohman considered to be deeply flawed."
In other words, Kaufman really wrote the "deeply
flawed" report; covered his tracks so that Dugué couldn't prove any of his suspicions; kept Dugué in the
dark regarding the entire cover-up, after which time protocol dictated that Dugué sign the report.
This all sounds strangely familiar!
Kaufman Exposed Over a Year Ago!: While all the other media outlets were clumping
Gerard the Good in among the murderous cops who executed two innocent Black men and terrorized other African American citizens
of New Orleans on the Danziger Bridge, this Web site had already exposed the truth--well over a year ago--regarding Kaufman's
"initial incident report" that Lohman refers to! "The Dugué Defense (Part 2), Item 2," dated November
10, 2010, initially starts with a quote from the report that Dugué was obliged to sign:
"'A copy of the initial incident report by
Sergeant Arthur Kaufman under New Orleans Police Department item number J-05934-05 and dated 9/4/05 will be placed in the
case file for future reference and should be considered self explanatory.' (Page 17)
"THE FACTS: Sgt. Kaufman
had already filed a fraudulent ‘initial' incident report the date of the [Danziger] Bridge incident with the exact same
number as the one that's being held against Sgt. Dugué.
"DUGUÉ IN THE DARK: Kaufman completed the cover-up before
Dugué ever got the case. Dugué was a spectator, reading about the [Danziger] Bridge shooting in the news like
everyone else while Kaufman contrived a conspiracy.
"By the time Dugué was assigned, all the conspirators--but especially
Kaufman, thought to be the ringleader--had spent hours rehearsing their stories and deemed them airtight (or so they thought).
The entire affair was an open-and-shut case. Dugué was a nonfactor. The fewer conspirators involved, the better. The
conspiracy was a lock while Dugué got what he and the world thought were factual details on television.
"After all the above occurred
(after ITEMS 1 and 2 transpired) the report then reads: ‘A joint investigation then ensued with Sergeants Gerard Dugué
and Arthur Kaufman.'" (http://firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart2.html)
Grilled: "All the terrible things you did and said, you never mentioned one word of that to Gerard Dugué,
did you?" "Clobbering" Claude Kelly asked. "No," answered Hills. So, in effect, both Lohman and Hills
clear Dugué. No surprise there.
Bottom line: the prosecution brought a knife to a gun
tuned for Day 3. (You're going to think I'm a prophet.)
"Clobbering" Claude Kelly:
Embattled "Bobbi" Bernstein: 0