Friday, December 08, 2006

Well everyone,

After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury found Art guilty on all counts. There were highs and lows throughout the day, but I'm not prepared to convey all of my thoughts at the moment.

In the final analysis, I must say that Art had a fair trial, with a fair judge. Many of us found the jury instructions to be quite fair with some stating they were better than any they had heard in other cases.

The prosecution portrayed Art in the worst possible light, and the defense obviously failed to convince the jury otherwise.

Art is a good and decent man and it must be obvious to the prosecutors and the court. To their credit, the prosecution made no request after the verdict regarding Art's dispostion. They didn't ask for him to be taken into custody, and they didn't ask for increased bail. There was also a recommendation by I believe it was court services to continue Art's present bail condition. The judge concurred with the wishes of all, so Art was free to leave. Sentencing will be in March.

These tax cases are tough. The government has the advantage. The mindset of jurors is that everyone is surely required to file and pay and anyone who questions that must be dillusional. The issues raised by the defense appear to be far too complex for the average juror to grasps, and much of it goes right over their heads.

I need some time to collect my thoughts.

Let's move any discussion of this case to the forum

My thanks to all for their interest in Arthur Farnsworth and this case.

David Jahn

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Arthur Farnsworth Trial - Day 3 (posted a day late)
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Art Farnsworth Trial Day 4
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Art Farnsworth trial, day 3

The government rested its case today in my tax evasion trial. My attorney Mark Lane has done a very impressive job of cross examining the government witnesses, in essence tearing two key ones to shreds. It kind of hurt to see this, as they were friends of mine from the past, and I still care about them. My church pastor testified at the end of this afternoon as a character witness, and I have two friends testifying on my behalf tomorrow morning. We start at 9:30, and I expect to take the stand in my own defense perhaps around 11:00. I believe we are planning to submit a motion for a directed verdict of acquittal, which is a request to the court that it dismiss the case when it is clear that the government has not, at the end of its presentation, met its burden of proof. Keep your fingers crossed!

The defense should rest tomorrow, if we lose the motion attempt, which means the jury is instructed and goes out for deliberation at the end of the day.

The judge has been fair, the lawyers have been great, my spirits are up, and we are all maintaining good thoughts for a victory. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to attend, the courthouse is on the 600 block of Market Street in Philadelphia, and we are in courtroom 17B.

Art

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Art Farnsworth trial, day 2

The trial is going well, with jury selection and opening statements on Monday, government witness and good cross examination today (Tuesday). The government will be presenting its two final witnesses on Wednesday, and it's possible that the testimony of my witnesses and even my testimony might begin in the afternoon. I am very pleased with the job my attorneys are doing, and Judge Padova continues to remain the fair and impartial judge that everyone would like to have.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Nobody knows how this will work out, and it would be wrong for me to predict anything, even in the light of events thus far. I am upbeat, having fun (at attorney Mark Lane's request!), learning much, and hopefully growing stronger as a result of my travails.

Art

Monday, December 04, 2006

Arthur Farnsworth Trial.
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