All the same, her testimony had some notable moments, including an answer so argumentative--something about people picking which rules they liked, ignoring the rest--that, without waiting for Defense Attorney David Schooler to object, Judge Porter asked, "How much of that do you want stricken?"
David Schooler responded....
Something like he wanted the last half stricken. With a baleful, no-nonsense look, Judge Porter looked at the witness on the stand and said, "Miss Dejvongsa, you know better." (Dejvongsa is an attorney, the partner of Ben Myers. Since Ben Myers does criminal defense, I guess that makes her his "partner in crime?")
Despite some rather unkind remarks in the hallway that Dejvongsa must have gotten her law degree out of a Crackerjack box, or words to that effect, the young attorney seemed poised, intelligent, although a bit strident. Understandable, however, given how badly her side is getting its bacon fried. Word comes secondhand that, early yesterday morning, Judge Porter ruled against dissolution of the JACC corporation as an option, saying this was "not properly pled."
OH!!!!! Just because it's not your birthday doesn't mean you won't get SPANKED sometimes.
In the courtroom as Dokor testified was a member of the Minneapolis Mirror, which is sort of the contrarian internet publication of Minneapolis, its articles known to take positions at odds with whatever somebody ELSE manages to write first, and better.
# T.J. Waconia fraudsters: Not such bad guys, just ask their friend Jim Watkins.
# Johnny Northside is bad for writing about the reality of the rough life of Annshalike Hamilton. (This murder is still unsolved)
# Minneapolis Advantage program is a plot to bring about gentrification in North Minneapolis. (Unknown what is meant by "gentrification," unless it means "occupied by people instead of boarded up.")
So, yeah, the Minneapolis Mirror was there but hasn't managed to write anything quite yet. I checked. Maybe the sight of Jerry Moore on the stand--nervous as an acne-scarred teenager trying to pin a corsage on prom night--made the Minneapolis Mirror think twice about coming down hard on the side of the "Old Majority" in the Jordan Neighborhood. I kind of doubt that, though. This much is true, however: you can't write a good article if you aren't taking notes.
But I'm sure one can still try one's hand at an EDITORIAL, where only a rarified thimbleful of facts are needed for flavor.
Where were we? Oh, yes, Dokor "Should Know Better" Dejvongsa on the stand. Dejvongsa testified about first becoming involved with JACC in the Fall of 2006. She took on a project with a committee to amend the bylaws, which many agreed were "outdated." Towards the end of her term, some issues came up with Kip Browne. To make a long story short, the board never approved the final version of the bylaws.
Defense Attorney Schooler asserted, through his questions, that only 5 board members were needed, according to the bylaws, so there was no need to install officers prior to elections. Dajvongsa said so few board members wouldn't be "a good representation of the community."
She didn't say much else that was notable. At 11:20 a.m., spectators in the courtroom were far more fascinated with Jill Clark's horrible facial twitching, which was OFF THE SCALE. But then a ripple went through the crowd as Dokor finished up, and former JACC Executive Director Jerry Moore was called to the stand...