As you know by now, the retaliatory trial of me by Boeing and the King County Prosecutor has ended in a mistrial. It was reported to be 10-2 to convict, but I was told that that was not an accurate number as no official juror poll was ever taken, and if it was, more jurors would likely sway to my side.
I found the jury to be very pleasant and friendly on the whole after the trial. God knows they were having fun during the trial and deliberations inside the jury room, as their somewhat frequent and loud laughter was the only thing that could be heard from the room by anyone. I hope their having a good time thusly made up a bit for their heavy sacrifice of their time and some of their wages/salaries.
I think they know who was at fault for making them make those sacrifices, and I'm glad it wasn't me, but instead it was the prosecutor trying to convict me for breaking a law that didn't fit my actions as well as trying to send me to prison for the longest possible time using any method, however unjustified (per Boeing's request), that was to blame.
I was told to wait around the corner from the courtroom in the hall, as most juries want to talk to the attorneys in the case and not the defendant, so I did so, sitting there on a bench, just around the corner. At least half the jury wished me well as they rounded the corner to the elevators and freedom to pursue their normal lives again.
One said simply "hey" which I reciprocated. Several wished me good luck. One Korean War veteran even shook my hand and called me his hero--nothing could have meant more to me even though I've never considered myself as deserving that mantra, by far. Some jurors were silent or said other well wishes I could not decipher due to several talking at once--including that of the other juror who steadfastly and rightly stuck to her convictions that I had not broken the law. A few seemed like they wanted to avoid me, whether it was because they thought I was guilty or that they felt guilty themselves for their decision in the case.
I thank all jurors--not just the ones who would not go along with convicting me or wished me well as they left, as so many did. They worked harder than they perhaps ever have in order to decide this complex case--five days of deliberations. Each should remember their sacrifice and honor in serving as long as they did, and for considering the issues so carefully. The jurors many kind words as they left meant much to me.
But special thanks go out to the two that would not let an injustice be done--they are my personal heroes.
Even though the unofficial jury leanings were not in my favor, all the jurors told the prosecutor to not put another jury in the hard place they were put in. They all told him not to retry the case--even those "ten" who had felt they were forced to convict, apparently. A common theme was that the law was too vague, and needed to be rewritten before it would apply to cases such as mine. This means that all of the jury agreed with me--that Boeing and their King County Prosecutor should never have put me on trial for anything at all that I did to out Boeing and FAA Management corruption.
So now the ball is in Boeing's and the prosecutor's court. They have two weeks to decide whether to repeat this thinly veiled attempt at whistleblower retaliation again, or not.
Right now I am not charged with anything, which is a relief.
Maybe the prosecutor's office will now go back and look at evidence they had long ignored, and had actually tried to deride in court--the evidence they have (and I asked them to investigate) of my own Boeing Management's undeniable lawbreaking.
The two people the prosecutor used as witnesses should now arguably be faced with serious felony charges and the professional misconduct repercussions they would have faced if the prosecutor had actually considered all of the evidence before trial--not just the few parts of evidence they thought would make me look bad in court. I can't say if Mike Bair should join those two as well or not. Even though he never was in a line of management that I reported to, they put him on the stand and he made the information in the press seem as damaging to the company as he could, charge by charge. Yet, on cross examination, he did tell the truth in that he could point to no actual damages the articles had cost Boeing. I appreciated his candor. I have no knowledge he ever joined in the fraud I was trying to expose in QA Management at Boeing, although my former QA Director at the Propulsion Systems Division at Boeing became head of QA for the 787 Program, and I believe reported directly to him. That head of QA for the 787 I know is as guilty as sin when it comes to the fraud in QA Management at Boeing I tried to expose. He personally had me removed from the production floor and put in an office job for many months because I insisted on actually doing my job of inspection to some minimum compliance to the procedures and regulations.
It is good that this distraction is over for now, and I can get on with bringing the true criminals that the King County Prosecutor ignored (knowingly or not) in this case to justice with the help of others like minded I have met over the years.
The FAA's fraudulent oversight of Boeing's quality system must be brought to an end for the safety of the public, and that complex fraud can now hopefully get the attention of Congress that it deserves.
With today's political climate not being tolerant of the FAA's sacrifice of their mandate to protect the safety of the flying public to their own personal financial interests and the bottom lines of the companies they are supposed to be regulating, the time for real investigation of this fraud, and the time for its end, is now.
I can't predict what the future holds for me, but I do feel somewhat vindicated that the power of Boeing and a King County Prosecutor's Office willing to go to any length to stretch and even break the truth at trial in order to secure a conviction couldn't overcome the common sense of at least two of the twelve jurors. I am also encouraged by the fact that all twelve jurors told the prosecutor to not retry the case. That means that any decision to do so will be against the will of the public, and for some other agenda.
Got to go. More to come.
The Last Inspector