There is an old saying: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Jim Cook seems to have conquered one of these certainties. Apparently, he has found a way to make money without having to file tax returns. If he had filed income tax returns the last two years, he would have been able to answer a question posed to him by defense attorney Percy Martinez. Percy had asked Cook how much money he had made during the last two years. He has been asked these type of questions before, and once again, he stated that he did not know how much money he has made. Based on this, I wonder if he will be the first human being to live forever.
Jim Cook was back on the stand today getting cross examined first by Percy Martinez, with the other defense attorneys getting their chance at asking him questions later.
Percy starts out asking Cook about a company named Avtec Telecommunications that he founded. Cook stated that he had won an award from PacTel Cellular. He also had to admit that the company went bankrupt in 1995.
Percy then goes into Jim Cook’s original estimate given to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. He had given an estimate of $20,000.00 for his work on this case. It turns out that Cook is approaching $300,000.00 for his job. The dollars keep piling up for him with a total of $350.00 per hour for Cook and his lawyer son to work on this case. His testimony is going on forever, and he will certainly be able to relax at a destination of his choice when it is all over.
His testimony drags on, partly because he has to step down from the stand and look at a computer on Marlissa Fereirra’s desk every time he is asked a technical question. This is certainly a money making arrangement for Mr. Cook.
Cook admits to Percy Martinez that he did call data analysis on Korey Kauffman, Georgia DeFelippo, Christina DeFelippo, Frank Carson, Baljit Athwal, and Daljit Atwal. Cook admitted that there had been some prior cell phone mapping done before he started working on this case. He admitted that there was call mapping done that was not reflected in his Power Point presentation, but says that mapping is included in his October, 2014 report that has been discovered. Cook says he does not recall reviewing the prior cell phone data analysis.
Cook tells Percy Martinez that there were no calls from law enforcement to the cell phone associated with Korey Kauffman after Korey Kauffman went missing around 03/30/2012. This is kind of hard to believe.
Percy asks Cook if Korey Kauffman’s phone number could have been programmed into another phone. Cook states that the Crickett phone does not have a Simm card, and that the phone number could only be put into another Crickett phone. This would have had to be done by the Customer Care Department of Crickett. I spoke to a person with technical knowledge that tells me the procedure for loading the number can be found on the internet. Cook was asked if he investigated if the number had been transferred to another phone. Cook stated that he did check.
Cook is asked about the time period between 03/30/2012 and 03/31/2012. Cook admits that there were no calls between Baljit Athwal and Korey Kauffman’s phone during that time period. There were no calls from Frank Carson to Daljit Athwal during that time period. There were no calls from Frank Carson and Robert Woody during that time period. There were no phone calls between Frank Carson and Robin Attenhoffer during that time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Walter Wells during that time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Eduardo Quintauro during that time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Scott McFarlane during that time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Pop N Cork Liquors during that time period. They would have to be using telepathic communication to pull off a conspiracy to commit murder. The judge stated yesterday that she sees no conspiracy to commit a homicide or conceal a homicide so far. I must wholeheartedly agree with her.
We get deeper into this line of questioning. Cook is now asked about the time period between 2011 and 2015 excluding the two days listed above. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Baljit Athwal during this expanded time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Daljit Atwal during this expanded time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Robert Woody during this expanded time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Robin Attenhoffer during this expanded time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Walter Wells during this expanded time period. There were no calls between Eduardo Quintauro during this expanded time period. There were no calls between Frank Carson and Scott McFarlane during this expanded time period. There were no calls between any of these people and the Carson home during this expanded time period. Marlissa’s conspiracy theory just does not hold any water. Frank and the others should be set free. Why does this torture have to continue?
There were a total of 65 calls between Frank Carson’s Law Office and Baljit Athwal between 02/13/2012 and 05/14/2014. Frank Carson was representing Baljit with some legal issues during that time period. All but two of these calls were made during normal business hours. There were no calls from Robert Woody and the Law Office of Frank Carson during this time period. There was no cell phone data that shows that Frank Carson’s cell phone was in Turlock on 03/30/2012 and 03/31/2012. Marlissa’s cell phone data seems to exonerate everyone that is charged in this case.
Cook testifies that no other cell phone expert did any work to verify his work on this case. Cook then declines to disclose how much money he has made from law enforcement during the last two years. He states that he has not made over $200,000.00 on any other case he has worked on.
Cook testifies that he had not conducted any carrier site surveys for any of the cell phone towers in Turlock. Cook states that he did not conduct any drive tests for any of the cell phone sites. Cook testifies that Crickett did cell phone surveys in 2012. Cook denies that cell phone billing statements will show incoming and outgoing calls made. Cook denies being told which calls were to be mapped, or time periods to be mapped.
Cook testifies that he gave his conclusions on his analysis to the investigators in August of 2015. He denies providing any information for the Ramey Warrant. If Cook did not provide the information, I wonder who did. I do not believe his answer to this question. There are numerous things that are untrue in the Ramey Warrant, and nobody wants to take any responsibility to this pile of trash.
Cook testifies that he produced a Word document that he provided the investigators in August of 2015. He is asked for it. He states that he does not have it with him. Judge Zuniga is forcing Cook to provide this Word document to her. She is going to compare this document to materials provided to the defense attorneys to see if there are any differences. This should be interesting.
Defense attorney Robert Forkner has a couple of questions for Cook. He asks Cook if there were any calls between Christina DeFelippo and any of the usual suspects mentioned earlier in this article at any time. Cook says that there were no calls between Christina and any of these people at any time. How she got drug into this fiasco is a mystery to me.
Defense attorney Jesse Garcia has no questions for Cook.
We now start re-direct by Marlissa Fereirra. She is trying to put lipstick on a pig. Can you picture that? She goes into questions about test to track connectivity, and why they were not done by Cook. Cook testifies that there has been a change in technology since 2012, and it would be difficult to do. Cook states that Crickett did not have the capacity to do GPS tracking during 2012. Cook states that Crickett did not have the capacity to do cell phone pinging in 2012. Cook testifies that he used the Carrier Key when doing his analysis.
I must say that it was difficult for me to do yesterday’s report. I have known Martha Carlton-Magana for a long time, and she is a friend of mine. I struggled last night when I wrote my report. I just tried to describe what I saw in the courtroom. I got kind words from everyone that I talked to today, except one person who had some concerns. I appreciate the support. The person who criticized me said that the attorneys were not there to provide me entertainment, and that what I did may have made things more difficult. If this person thinks that I am sitting for ten months in court for entertainment, he or she is dead wrong. I am here to report what I see. It seems the Modesto Bee is unable to do anything but a pathetic job. Martha sat down with me, and we had a very nice conversation. I so much appreciated her gesture. I was apprehensive about today, but she put me at ease. Thank you so very much Martha. I certainly hope that I did not do anything to make her job more difficult.
Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)