FORT STEWART, Ga. - In a sweeping decision after a short deliberation, a Fort Stewart jury found Curly Pig guilty, May 3, for trying to cook the Big Bad Wolf.
The trial, which lasted about one hour and was held at the post’s new courtroom at building 616, was actually a mock trial.
It was held as part of law week to teach students from Brittin Elementary about the justice system.
The participants were officers and soldiers from Fort Stewart’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and fifth-grade students from Brittin Elementary.
“I learned that there are two sides to every story,” said 11-year-old Mary Sanders, who served as the jury forewoman.
The jurors, which consisted of seven girls and five boys, were tasked to decide if Curly Pig tried to cook Big Bad Wolf, or if the Wolf was guilty of harassing Curly Pig.
The mock trial wrapped up the OSJA’s office law week, which included a golf scramble, a picnic and an organizational day.
Before conducting the afternoon mock trial at the courtroom, they held a mock trial the same morning for fourth graders at Keesler Elementary.
Capt. Sara Gluckler, mock trial organizer, said the trial was based off a script from the American Bar Association.
She said they had several scripts to choose from but felt the Wolf vs. Pig script was the best option.
“I think it encouraged them to pay attention and realize the value of the American justice system,” Glucker said. “Hopefully they learned a little bit, had a little bit of fun. The feedback has been really positive; it’s an opportunity to teach them something in a fun way,”
Other participants from the JAG office included Capt. Clyde Gore as the Wolf, Capt. Gary Hayes as Curly Pig, Lt. Col. Daniel Grieser as the Judge, 1st Lt. Landon Medley as the Wolf’s attorney, Capt. Alex Straatman as Curly Pig’s attorney, Capt. Robert Lawless, Staff Sgt. Rondell Taiste as Jack Smith, who testified that the Wolf ate Curly Pig’s brother Larry.
Smith testimony included a tale of how he sold Little Larry Pig straw to build a house and what happened when the Wolf visited the pig.
According to Smith’s testimony, this is how it went down: The Wolf said: “Little Pig! Little Pig! Let me come in! And the Pig said, “Oh no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.” So the Wolf got mad and said, “Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in.” So he huffed and he puffed and down came the house and he ate up the little pig.”
Curly Pig testified how the Wolf tried to blow his house down but could not.
“I guess B.B. thought I’d be easy pickings. What he hadn’t counted on was that I’d built my house out of bricks,” Curly Pig said.
Curly also testified how the Wolf visited his house several time before a final incident.
“At first I couldn’t imagine what he was doing, and then it came to me – he was going for the chimney.” Curly Pig said.
“And so I rushed to the fireplace – I already had a big pot of water on the boil for my tea – and took the lid off. I only wanted to warn him off. How was I to know he was already climbing down the chimney?”
In closing arguments, the Wolf’s attorney told the jury that he had shown that Curly Pig on several occasions, taunt and teased the Wolf.
“He [Curly Pig] did lift the lid on the kettle just as Mr. Wolf was coming down the chimney to pay him a visit, and that his cookbook speaks for itself. It was open to the recipe for poached Wolf,” the attorney said. “I am sure you, the jury, will find that Curly Pig was attempting to do harm to Mr. Wolf.”
Curly Pig’s attorney told a different story.
“Mr. Wolf had it in for the Pig family. Clearly, he was up to no good. Mr. Pig is a law-abiding citizen who was minding his own business when Mr. Wolf began harassing him. I’m sure you will agree that his lifting the lid off the kettle and his cookbook open to the wolf recipe were mere coincidences.”
After a vote by show hands, the jury agreed with the Wolf and found Curly Pig guilty of trying to lift the lid off the kettle with the intent of making poached Wolf.
The judge did not sentence Curly Pig for the crime he was found guilty of, nor did the jury suggest a sentence.