Creighton's legal team in the high profile case of Creighton v Vyse was the subject of much speculation today. Not because of any hard evidence (nothing has been provided along that line yet), but because they did not appear in court. Nary a whimper from the plaintiff's table.
The jury was not impressed as they are looking forward to a summer break from the stuffiness of the courtroom and wish to deliver a verdict ASAP. The judge was similarly ticked off.
Where are they?
As this case is the perfect platform for Professor Femano to show the world just what constitutes his "higher standard of proof", the court was again totally bewildered by the strategy of Creighton's legal team.
The jury was hoping that Scott Creighton would provide the bona fides of John Snape - an expert witness for the plaintiff - so as to clear any suspicion that he could be Gilligan.
As well, it was thought that Gilligan would clear any doubts as to any mistaken identity. This was not to be.
If Creighton's team cannot prove that John Snape is an "independant researcher and art expert" of sufficient stature to warrant being a reliable source of technical expertise in painting and brushwork, the judge will direct the jury to ignore any evidence from this person. As Gilligan merely repeats the conclusions of Snape, his testimony is likely to be thrown out of court.
Whilst Creighton and his team feel no remorse at vilifying a dead man, his descendants might object to such behaviour. Hanging as a punishment for forgery was abolished in Britain in 1836, only one year before Vyse's Egyptian expedition. The crime for which Vyse is accused may not have been a capital offence, however, the charge of forgery is a serious one.
The success of Creighton's team in proving beyond a reasonable doubt, that the Khufu cartouche in Campbell's Chamber is a forgery, is looking more forlorn by the moment.
Of course, Creighton could take the stand and clear up any suspicions, but maybe he will invoke "plausible deniability" and euphemistically, "throw the useful idiots under the bus."
Court is adjourned.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24-Jun-16 00:01 by loveritas.