There’s no other way to put this. Chris Hughes is a lying bastard. And when his newly subpoenaed wife takes the stand, she’s not gonna be too far behind him.
Hughes already confirmed he’s firmly on the prosecution’s side, so sure he’s gonna do all he can to fly the flag for them, including stating to the media (on behalf of Martinez) that the TA letters were forged – even though he knows they were not. He knows, having seen some of them, that they’re genuine. He even wrote to TA to tell him he wasn’t treating Jodi right.
In fact both Chris Hughes (and his wife, Sky) emailed Travis telling him he was being abusive to Jodi back in 2007. They also discussed TA’s “age of attraction” when it comes to young girls, which (as far as I recall) Sky was somewhat surprised at. This ties together the earlier pedophile rumors pertaining to TA and his preference for pigtails & 12 years old’s, does it not?
But here’s the thing… both Chris & Sky Hughes KNOW only too well that TA was both physically & verbally abusive to Jodi. 2 other people know that too… Gus Searcy and Mr X.
Hughes also had a much earlier conversation with Esteban Flores (as relayed by Kirki Nurmi yesterday prior to Martinez’ objection), where Flores asked Hughes this question:
“You could see Travis losing it with Jodi and throwing her against a wall?”
I believe Hughes’ answer to that question would have been “YES”… but we’ll have to wait to hear more about that. This is another reason why Flores should not be present in the courtroom watching all the testimonies – but let’s not digress here. We already know what Flores is.
Then there’s the Chris Hughes blackmail attempt – still apparently in effect – and ultimately concluding with Gus Searcy doing his best to protect the individual concerned (Mr X) by invoking his right to plead the 5th. That happened while under cross from Martinez at the end of yesterday’s proceedings when he requested the blackmailed individual’s name, and after Gus had stated (to Kirk Nurmi) that the individual was “too afraid to testify because of Chris Hughes”. After pleading the 5th, that led to a private discussion.
Here’s my take on the Hughes blackmail attempt:
After the initial calls to each other, Chris Hughes finally connected with Gus Searcy to find out what he was planning to say when he testified (no doubt a fishing expedition arranged by Martinez). Gus was in his car when he took that call. Mr X was also in the car and overheard the conversation, either relayed by Gus or due to the phone being on loudspeaker at the time.
When Hughes found out that Mr X had become aware of the situation, and that Mr X also knew about TA being physically & verbally abusive to Jodi, he hatched a plan to try and keep him quiet. The plan was along the lines of Hughes telling Mr X that if he ALSO testified to the abuse, he would personally see that either  Mr X was removed from Pre Paid Legal and/or  that Mr X would have his Pre Paid Legal referrals (i.e. his “downline”) removed and repositioned under someone else.
Either way, this would cause considerable financial hardship to Mr X, as Gus stated yesterday.
This (as far as I can see) is what’s behind Chris Hughes’ blackmail attempt on Mr X, and Gus Searcy’s obvious resistance to divulging Mr X’s name in court yesterday – even going so far as pleading the 5th to protect the guy.
So as of right now — and to back up Jodi’s valid self-defense claim — there are at least 4 people aware that TA was both physically & verbally abusive to Jodi. They are – Chris & Sky Hughes, Gus Searcy and Mr X… not forgetting the letters too, where Kirk Nurmi cited the defense expert who can categorically confirm the letters are authentic and most likely were written by TA.
Check out the video below with the testimonies from Chris Hughes, Abe Abdelhadi (starts @ 54:00) and Gus Searcy. Click here to watch yesterday’s trial in full.
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Chris Hughes – apparently “Vice Chair” of The Soldier Hollow Charter School Board in Midway, Utah: http://www.mysoldierhollow.com/board/meet-the-board/
Legal Shield conference calls page:
Chris Hughes Cell: 951-816-7682