Adams paints a picture of his morally decrepit criminal gang of fools
Gerry Adams's words of support for a convicted tax cheat say a lot more about Adams himself, writes Jim Cusack
Nine years and seven months in gestation, the State prosecution of Gerry Adams' friend and Sinn Fein supporter Thomas 'Slab' Murphy of Ballybinaby, Co Louth, for tax evasion took only 20 minutes in judgment.
Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, speaking on behalf of his two fellow members of the Special Criminal Court, Judge Ann Ryan and Judge John O'Hagan, delivered judgment shortly before lunch last Thursday. Murphy (66) sat in the public benches of the court alone to hear the verdict. He seemed to mouth some words as the verdict was read out but was mainly impassive.
The end of the 32-day trial came swiftly and calmly with the three judges rejecting his defence that 'a forger was afoot' in the case and his was not the signature on an array of Department of Agriculture, cattle mart and other documents relating to the sale and purchase of large amounts of livestock.