The verdict is in
Dre Nash, founder and CEO of Nash Automotive, sat on the witness stand testifying to the integrity of his former employee, Taylor Edsel, as Edsel stood trial for setting fire to the company’s alternative fuel automobile factory.
Edsel was a convicted arsonist. As a boy, he had burnt down his family’s house and killed their dog. But he was reformed, Nash said. Edsel had done his time in a juvenile lockup, completed a reentry program and returned to society as a productive member of the workforce.
But as Nash’s testimony progressed, it began to unravel under acute questioning from Edsel’s defense attorney. Although he dutifully recited his seemingly scripted lines, Nash’s delivery told a completely different tale. He lurched forward in his seat, gnawed at his fingernails, rubbed his face profusely and turned beet red while fumbling over his words.
It was like someone had posted a sign on his forehead that read “GUILTY.”
Alone, that probably wouldn’t have been enough to convict or even charge Nash with setting fire to his own factory, but it surely was enough to absolve Edsel of the crime and to win the Philadelphia mock trial championship for Roman Catholic High School earlier this month.