Joseph P. Collins was charged with securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and conspiracy. He went to trial and, we can imagine, spent weeks – possibly months – working with his lawyers to diligently defend himself and his rights. His trial took twenty-two days of testimony – more than four weeks in a federal courtroom.
Finally, it was messed up by two maladjusted jurors and a judge who wanted to handle things alone.
We are all bit players in each other’s lives. Everyone understands that. In Mr. Collins’ case, however, it’s not unlike a world where Rosencrantz and Gildenstern decide that they’d rather kill Hamlet than travel with him.