Posted Thursday, January 21, 2010 11:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff
For the next two to three weeks the state will try to show that Thomas Etheredge misled investors and misrepresented himself in trying to convince people to give him money for his failed amusement park, Wild West World. Etheredge's trial began Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court. He is charged with nine counts of misleading private investors.
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I don't know what the test of the law is, but the fact that he had prior convictions doesn't sound like enough to convince the jury he misled anyone. I still feel like the investors were stupid to begin with.
Oh, and weird that the judge doesn't typically allow note taking. I've only sat on one jury, but we were certainly equipped with the ability to take notes.
Perhaps he'd rather they rely on the transcipt rather than their own possibly bad note taking techniques.
I agree though, if I were to part with a large sum of money, I'd make sure to run a background check on the recipient.
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