Closing Arguments Begin Wednesday in Criminal Trial for Damien Gilliams, Pamela Parris

Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris

The prosecution and protection in the legal trial for Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris rested on Tuesday. The jury was despatched house for the afternoon, and shutting arguments will start Wednesday. 

Jeffrey H. Garland is representing Damien Gilliams, and Philip Reizenstein is representing Pamela Parris. Gilliams and Parris each preserve their innocence.

The prosecutors are M. Lev Evans and Chris Taylor.

Several folks testified this week, together with Sebastian City Manager Paul Carlisle, Mayor Ed Dodd, Bob Stephens, Russell Herrmann, former City Attorney James Stokes, Bill Flynn, and Councilmembers Jim Hill and Bob McPartlan.

The protection argued that the April 22, 2020, assembly was not held in “secret” as a result of they recorded it on their cell telephones. Reizenstein additionally argued that the individuals who confirmed up didn’t realize it was canceled.

“This assembly was seen, folks confirmed up,” Reizenstein mentioned. 

Asst. Prosecutor Chris Taylor and Mayor Ed Dodd
Philip Reizenstein and Asst. State Attorney Chris Taylor
Sebastian City Councilman Jim Hill
Sebastian City Councilman Bob McPartlan
Bob Stephens
Former City Attorney Jim Stokes
Russell “Buzz” Herrmann
Bill Flynn
Paul Carlisle

City Manager Paul Carlisle

Carlisle took the witness stand on Friday afternoon and completed up on Monday. He instructed the prosecution that residents overwhelmed the town’s e-mail server in regards to the assembly.

Last 12 months, Zoom was a brand new software being examined by the City of Sebastian, they usually bumped into issues when utilizing it throughout a earlier assembly earlier than April 22, 2020.

“They wished to attend in individual,” Carlisle mentioned. 

Carlisle additionally acknowledged that the e-mail server was a bottleneck, delivering emails slowly due to the time it took to course of every e-mail. All emails undergo a scan and different instruments to make sure they aren’t contaminated with malware or viruses.

The City Manager added that he acquired an e-mail that indicated former Vice Mayor Charles Mauti wished to cancel April 22, 2020, assembly. Carlisle mentioned Councilman Jim Hill and Mayor Ed Dodd requested for the assembly to be canceled as effectively. 

At 2:30 p.m. on April 22, 2020, Carlisle despatched a discover to workers, council members, and others stating the assembly was canceled. Notices had been additionally posted on the outside chamber doorways and the City of Sebastian web site.

Garland accuses Carlisle of not offering sufficient discover to postpone the assembly. 

Reizenstein requested if Carlisle thought he acquired conflicting data from former Vice Mayor Charles Mauti about suspending the assembly. Carlisle agreed, solely after receiving one other e-mail that I used to be cc’ed on to a Sebastian resident that he wished it canceled.

Reizenstein instructed Carlisle that Mauti by no means straight despatched him an e-mail to cancel the assembly however solely copied him when sending it to another person.

Reizenstein additionally performed a voice mail message Carlisle left on Parris’ telephone made on April 20. Reizenstein argued that if Carlisle might name Parris on the twentieth, why not the twenty second to tell her of the cancelation.

Carlisle mentioned he referred to as to debate a listening to in regards to the variance that was on the agenda. 

Reizenstein additionally mentioned that when Mauti confirmed up in a swimsuit and tie to the assembly, it was apparent he didn’t need it canceled. Carlisle insisted he nonetheless had full authority to cancel the assembly.

The prosecution argued that Gilliams knew the assembly was canceled based mostly on how he was dressed in informal garments and a baseball cap. The prosecution additionally confirmed an image that Parris printed on her Facebook web page that mentioned “assembly canceled” from April 22, 2020.

The prosecution requested why the conferences couldn’t be on Zoom or different methods to attend the assembly just about. Carlisle mentioned that the City Council had been in favor of not having a gathering for the reason that public couldn’t be current. These statements had been made by Council members Jim Hill, Pamela Parris, Ed Dodd, Charles Mauti, and Mayor Ed Dodd on March 18, 2020.

“They didn’t really feel snug with out the general public being current,” Carlisle mentioned.

Carlisle added the town acquired greater than 1,500 emails from April 21, 2020 – April 22. 2020 from residents asking for the assembly to be canceled. Citizens wished to take part in individual for public enter and wished the assembly postponed.

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