Tuesday, October 04, 2005
In an earlier now legendary post we discussed the concept of "No Show without Punch", the idea that back in the long ago day, the British would always introduce the "Punch" puppet into a show whether it made sense or not and how BUGliosi, with his constant appearance on EVERY lame tv show was akin to punch.
Now that I have watched like ten parole hearings while transferring them to DVD, I guess that makes Stephen Kay fucking JUDY.
It fits. Judy is second to Punch, but she's also more dangerous, destructive and all around stupid than Punch is. Judy is unaware of what she is doing and why. Just like Kay.
Kay starts out in the TLB world as a sort of junior Prosecutor to the great Punch. He's there after Stovitz falls off the case, and sort of watches the drama unfold. More importantly, he watches the fame that attaches to BUG and I think decides "I gotta get me some of that."
His job during the main trials is to backup BUG. He does the legendary interview with Ronni Howard about Sinatra and Liz Taylor being on a kill list (an obvious Atkins lie). He spends a lot of time in the law library. Later, he becomes the backup guy on the Hinman and Shea trials. He must be relieved when, finally, the State has to retry Leslie and he gets the gig. But he isn't very good. Her first re-trial ends in a hung jury. But Judy keeps provoking and sure enough, he ends up with a conviction. Fine- he has done his job.
But then the fucking guy shows up to Parole Hearing after Parole Hearing- FIFTY times over thirty years. Like let it go already. And to make matters worse, half the time he invents shit to read into the record, like about Charlie wanting to shrink everyone to fit into the bottomless hole. Indeed, he seems to treat the BUG's book like gospel. It's pathetic man - Atkins is never gonna get out, so why waste your time blocking her? Oh, I see, yes- AFTER EVERY HEARING HE HOLDS A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE PRISON LAWN. Punch got a lot of attention so now Judy wants some too.
This is the fool who stated that Leslie would have been paroled in 1985. In his most recent hearing statements he urges that she never be paroled. He also says, wrongly, that she was spared Death by the Supreme Court. Except that whole verdict was reversed for her by an appeals court. In her actual current sentence she is serving she never had a death sentence.
For years he would also offer up media interviews, even though he hasn't yet written his sure to come book. With his nasal voice and big ass glasses Kay actually at times seems like a puppet. I vaguely remember Nelson commenting that the Bug got pissed at all the credit Kay took over the years.
I mean I don't want Atkins out of jail either, but I don't want prosecutors lying about anything.
My realization of what a clown this guy was reached new heights a year and a half ago. This ludicrous new book BLACK DAHLIA AVENGER came out and a big selling point the author used was that it was fully endorsed by Stephen Kay, the Manson prosecutor. The book is a JOKE as you can see by scanning this SITE, and Judy signed her name to it.
Puppet shows do get tedious after a while.