On Monday, disbarred attorney Michael Charles Meisler was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated stalking by a jury of his peers.
For those of us watching the trial, there were a lot of things that weighed against Meisler that the jury never saw.
His prior convictions for essentially the same offense were not on the menu when a jury of eight women and four men deliberated in January after hearing three days worth of testimony.
Since Day 1, Meisler has pretty much abused everyone involved with the trial.
From demanding to represent himself to his questioning the method in which he was located, Meisler has wandered from place to place without ever dealing with the central issue of the case.
The jury believed that Meisler stalked his victim, that he was inside her house, that he left notes at her car.
His victim kept her head during the incident and was able to provide authorities with enough evidence to get him locked up.
Meisler’s issue was simple, he thought he was the smartest person in the room, and he couldn’t help sharing that with anyone who happened to be listening.
But sometimes the smartest person in the room is the one who knows when to remain silent. In Meisler’s case, he didn’t have to take the stand to testify against himself. He just had to open his mouth.