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Re: Bert Farrar
Wed Aug 8, 2018 13:21

Farrar wanted to testify (if nothing else it would look great on his C.V. for future trials). Problem was that at this point, Wilentz did not trust what he would ultimately say on the stand. To solve the dilema, Wilentz pulled a "fast one" on Farrar. He issued a subpoena for Farrar, telling Farrar he would be a rebuttal witness at trial. This brought Farrar to Trenton to happily await his time to testify. All expenses paid by the State and out of reach to the defense. Farrar sat "fat, dumb and happy" in Trenton under subpoena and all of a sudden the trial was concluded. Quite simply, Wilentz played a 'fast one" on him.

  • Re: Bert FarrarMichael 5260, Wed Aug 8 10:27
    You are correct about the trial being a play on a stage. All hi-profile trials have a tendency to be that way. There is always the element of "theater" involved. I think this comes about because a... more
    • Re: Bert Farrar — Anonymous, Wed Aug 8 13:21
      • david wilentz, may his name live in infamybob mills for anonymous and forum, Thu Aug 9 18:49
        Wilentz played a fast one on everybody. A permanent stain on New Jersey justice.
        • Re: david wilentz, may his name live in infamysteve for bob, Fri Aug 10 11:36
          don't forget he was tripping over evidence as somebody once said. don't blame wilentz for hauptmanns bad showing on the stand.
          • wilentzbob mills for steve romeo and forum, Fri Aug 10 18:58
            Steve, Hauptmann wasn't required to take the stand in his own defense. He did so voluntarily. If the trial were held today, Wilentz would have been scolded by the judge for misconduct. He might have... more
          • There's no question Wilentz took liberties as a prosecutor, but Hauptmann set himself up for everything he got by not coming clean.
        • And the irony is that we probably never would have heard of David Wilentz, had it not been for a mentally-ill German carpenter from the Bronx.
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