Litigation

Truth, Justice, And The Evidentiary Admissibility Of ‘Uncle Wiggy's Secret Guide To Dealing With The Police’

 

When Josh Brock was a detective with the Summerville Police Department in rural Georgia, he was involved in the creation of a Web site and a publication titled Uncle Wiggy's Secret Guide to Dealing With the Police, which provided criminal defendants with helpful tips on dealing with police. The advice included statements like: “remember, the police will try to trick you. The police can and will lie to you.”   Detective Brock’s association with the Uncle Wiggy products ended up putting him in hot water at work, ultimately leading to the end of his employment with the Summerville Police Department. 

The story of Detective Brock and Uncle Wiggy, however, didn’t end there because while he was still working as a detective, he had been involved in the investigation of Larry Eugene Williams’s drug-related activity. After Williams was convicted on nine criminal charges relating to two transactions involving the sale of cocaine, his convictions were reversed and a new trial was held. During the new trial, the state filed a motion in limine to exclude evidence of Brock’s affiliation with Uncle Wiggy. Defense counsel objected, arguing that evidence of the publication’s statements regarding police lies was relevant to Brock’s credibility and truthfulness. 

The trial court granted the State’s motion, excluding the evidence about the Web site and publication. Williams was again convicted on all nine counts, and he appealed. On June 17, 2015, the Court of Appeals of Georgia affirmed Williams’s conviction, finding that “Uncle Wiggy” was properly excluded from the trial. Williams v. State, 2015 Ga. App. LEXIS 353 (Ga. Ct. App. June 17, 2015).  Interestingly, the court noted that the Secret Guide’s statements that “police can and will lie” were not untrue, because, within limits, police could lie to or trick a suspect to obtain admissions. However, the court found that the Secret Guide was not probative of Brock’s own truthfulness or his character for truthfulness as required for cross-examination under O.C.G.A. § 24-6-608. 

According to news sources, the Uncle Wiggy Web site has been shut down.

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