Having taken a break from the photo challenge I was fired up to start again this week; that is until Ben Goudaman gave us the variations on a theme theme! After racking my brain on what to post I finally decided to post a few random photos, claiming that the theme are photos and see, they vary… But being one of those cheeses (a brie cheese in fact) who try to be conscientious with the theme, it sounded unethical to me. And the absence of ethics often lead to criminal acts.
Then the eureka moment struck me. I could show you the house and tree where the crime was alleged to take place. There were 2 witnesses only and each adamant that their variation of events were the only version.
Witness A claimed the crime took place on a lone hill, at a lone house, with a lone tree next to it and that he saw the accused at the scene. Underneath is the picture he painted to the court.
The counsel for the defense asked A if he was sure there weren’t any other trees at the scene of the crime. Witness A, believing a cunning lawyer was trying to trick him, repeatedly and confidently rebuked the lawyer by simply telling what he saw. Facts are facts.
Counsel: Wasn’t there perhaps trees behind the house?
Witness A: While I do not have x-ray eyes (A was becoming fed-up) I could see right through the house as the empty doorway at the back of the house, could be seen through the hole in the wall at the front of the house. Certainly no trees behind the house.
Witness A was excused and witness Brie took the stand also determined to point out what he saw at the scene truthfully and determinedly by simply giving the facts.
Counsel: Were there holes in the wall of the house.
Brie: Yes in fact there were 2 holes in different walls.
Counsel: Were you able to see through these holes to the other side of the house?
Counsel: So you couldn’t see trees behind the house?
Brie: No, I mean yes I could see trees, there were trees all over the place behind the house next to the house – all over.
Counsel: Are you sure there wasn’t only 1 tree.
Brie: No that is ridiculous, there was a continuous row of trees (you are not going to trick me, Brie thought to himself)
Underneath is the picture the second witness painted to the court.
The defense lawyer argued that the 2 witnesses placed the accused at 2 different places at the same time and that constitutes a reasonable doubt and therefore the accused cannot be found guilty. With the states evidence being mainly circumstantial the judge had no choice but to agree. As A and Brie failed as witnesses, Abrie needs to state that this account is wholly fictional and made up by him, he being me. I can confirm however that it is definitely the same place. And no I haven’t edited anything out. By looking up the hill the gradient hid the trees behind the house which appear impossible when viewing the house from the side.
Your point of view can influence your point of view. Our own opinion can make us blind to something which differ from our view of things. But if we are in a bad spot we can also have a view which want us to give up and not see the solution.
In 2018, may all of us realize that we aren’t perfect and that love and forgiveness can still overcome the most horrid of views.