FORT STEWART — After a short deliberation, a jury found Curly Pig guilty May 3 for trying to cook the Big Bad Wolf.
The hour-long trial, which was in the post’s new courtroom, was actually a mock trial, part of law week to teach Brittin Elementary students about the justice system.
Participants were officers and soldiers from the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and Brittin fifth-graders.
“I learned that there are two sides to every story,” jury forewoman Mary Sanders, 11, said.
The jurors, seven girls and five boys, had to decide if Curly Pig tried to cook Big Bad Wolf, or if Wolf was guilty of harassing Pig.
The trial wrapped up the OSJA’s office law week.
Before the trial at the courtroom, the same mock trial included fourth-graders at Keesler Elementary.
Capt. Sara Gluckler said the trial was organized off a script from the American Bar Association.
“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."
Other JAG participants included Capt. Clyde Gore as Wolf, Capt. Gary Hayes as Pig, Lt. Col. Daniel Grieser as the judge, 1st Lt. Landon Medley as Wolf’s attorney, Capt. Alex Straatman as Pig’s attorney and Capt. Robert Lawless. Staff Sgt. Rondell Taiste, as Jack Smith, testified that Wolf ate Pig’s brother Larry.
Smith testified about selling Little Larry Pig straw to build a house and what happened when Wolf visited.
"…So he huffed and he puffed and down came the house and he ate up the little pig,” Smith testified.
Pig said Wolf tried, but couldn't blow his house down.
“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,” Pig testified.
He added that Wolf was cooked after climbing down Pig's chimney, trying to get in.
"How was I to know he was already climbing down the chimney?” Pig asked.
In closing arguments, Wolf’s attorney told jurors he had shown that Pig, on several occasions, taunt and teased the Wolf.
“He [Pig] did lift the lid on the kettle just as Mr. Wolf was coming down the chimney to pay him a visit," Medley said. "His cookbook speaks for itself. It was open to the recipe for poached Wolf.”
Pig’s attorney, Straatman, told a different story.
“Mr. Wolf had it in for the Pig family," he said adding that Pig was a law-abiding citizen. "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.”
The jury, however, agreed with Wolf. The judge did not sentence Pig and the jury did not suggest a sentence.