UPDATE: Per Cleveland.com: Bobby Thompson was convicted of 23 counts Thursday morning, including theft, money laundering, corrupt activity, tampering with records and identity fraud.
We were almost ready to enter the sixth week in the Ohio fraud trial of “Bobby Thompson,” aka John Donald Cody, the UVa and Harvard Law grad at the center of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association scam.
Then the case served up yet another strange twist.
Tuesday, when “Thompson” was slated to take the stand in his own defense, he refused to leave his jail cell. That delayed the case for an hour. When he finally appeared in court, his shirt was unbuttoned, his wild hair was uncombed, and he was “looking as if he’d just wrestled a bear,” Brian Albrecht of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.
And guess what? Thompson, Cody — whatever his name is — refused to take the stand. Despite promises all through his trial that he would explain it all in his testimony.
The Plain Dealer reported last week that on Nov. 5, you could hear thumps in the courtroom — from Thompson banging his head against a wall in a adjacent holding cell. Then yesterday he showed up looking deranged and out of his mind.
This appears to be the final gambit by a well-educated and trial-experienced crook who’s trying to finagle an issue or two for a future appeal. Read more »