“I proclaim that justice is nothing but the interest of the stronger."
Thrasymachus in Plato’s Republic I, 338c
To prepare for trial, Semmes hired a so-called management expert – an expert witness who cost Dodd over $250,000 – but who would be thrown out by the judge at trial for being unqualified. The other expert witness hired by Semmes, a forensic accounting expert, was allowed to testify. However, the chart he presented to the jury (a chart reportedly prepared by Semmes) had a glaring math error of $800,000. The fees for this expert? He billed $500,000 – Dodd ultimately paid him $400,000. Moreover, after filling up the back of the courtroom with multiple boxes, Semmes never presented a shred of evidence on corporate espionage or racketeering. Instead it half-heartedly concentrated only on the fraud allegations. Suffice it to say that Semmes carefully engineered the throwing of the case, while seeing to it that they systematically drained all of Dodd’s assets in the process. Dodd of course lost. After the trial, upon leaving the court, James Johnson threatened Dodd, saying in a forceful manner that he “would suffer severe consequences” if he “told anyone anything at all about the BBI/S2i criminal activities.” Johnson himself admitted in a telephone conversation with Dodd some weeks later that Ed Hale of 1st Mariner Bank, was indeed a Semmes client.