Questioning Jerry Moore on cross-examination is rather like trying to interrogate a Jello fruit salad with a Popsicle stick. What should take one swipe takes four, and even then the ultimate answer is vague, caveated, mumbly.
Moore claimed administrative expenses for JACC under the Ben Myers board were nowhere near the "91 percent" estimated by Bob Miller of NRP and, in any case, the point of NRP money was often to pay just those kinds of expenses. Twitchy, ticky Plaintiff Attorney Jill Clark--whose chocolate brown, understated outfit was far more complimentary today than yesterday's "blob of key lime pie leftovers" ensemble--appeared to be trying to chew through her own cheek to escape from god-knows-what as Jerry Moore casually admitted to spending JACC monies and then trying to figure out, in retrospect, what segregated accounts were eligible for those expenses.
Defense Attorney Schooler got around to asking about the existence of missing JACC records, and Jill Clark took the Fifth on behalf of Jerry, who did nothing so well on the stand as drink copious amounts of water from a Styrofoam cup.
The highlight of the day was unexpected, and came after testimony was introduced about Jerry Moore's resume. Moore admitted he had an AA degree, not a college degree. Schooler asked Moore if he was aware the school in question ("school" in question with quote marks, if you prefer) was out of business and its credits not accepted at any other school. Moore wasn't aware of that. Actually, if you counted up all the stuff Moore wasn't aware of, couldn't recall, had no knowledge of, and otherwise could not speak to...it's a pretty fair-sized bale of hay.
But getting to the HIGHLIGHT of the day: Defense Attorney David Schooler pulled a surprise out of his hat, suddenly questioning Jerry Moore about his involvement in the mortgage fraud deal at 1564 Hillside Ave. N., which was at the center of the Larry "Maximum" Maxwell criminal trial, and resulted in 18 felony convictions. After Jerry Moore's resume came into evidence, Schooler asked Jerry about something which mysteriously DID NOT appear on the resume: J.L. Moore Consulting, which was at the center of the 1564 Hillside Ave. N. deal, according to an invoice and check which was evidence in the Larry Maxwell trial.
Bottom line: Jerry Moore denied ever seeing the $5k check or the invoice for "windows" at 1564 Hillside Ave. N. The invoice wasn't produced by him, Moore said. He had no knowledge of it, no knowledge of what was going on at 1564 Hillside, no involvement with that matter WHATSOEVER, he had never HEARD of somebody named "John Foster." Yes, he'd heard of Keith Reitman (the seller in that dirty, fraudulent deal) but only because Reitman was on the board. Like Sergeant Schultz in the old "Hogan's Heroes" television series, Jerry Moore knew nothing, NOTHING!
Standing out in the hallway, I sort of accidentally had a brief conversation with Jerry Moore. Details will follow in a subsequent blog post. Those who know of any evidence that Jerry Moore admitted in other contexts to being involved at 1564 Hillside Ave. N. (long, teary phone conversations?) are urged to just, you know, take note of the anonymous comments function.
Oh, in regard to Jello fruit salad. Have I mentioned Jello is a fine product of General Mills, and General Mills supports many NoMi neighborhood programs? Do not allow my comparison of Jerry Moore to Jello fruit salad to impact your positive opinions about this particular dessert, or other fine Jello-based foods. Support your NoMi neighborhood, and make a point of buying enough JELLO to get you through the long, hot summer! Now is the time to stock up!!!!