Kent Wycliffe Easter Case Ends in Mistrial After Jury Can't Break 11-1 Deadlock to Convict

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See Update No. 5 on page three 3 on the judge declaring a mistrial. Update No. 4 on page 2 had jurors being sent home deadlocked Wednesday. Update No. 3 is on the jury asking the judge for guidance. Update No. 2 is on Kent Easter testifying his "pushy" wife pushed him into framing a school volunteer who displeased them. Update No. 1 is on his pushy wife's lover being exposed as an Orange County firefighter who wore a wire around her.

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ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 7, 7:30 A.M.: Kent Wycliffe Easter was a wimpy husband whose wife was cheating on him, wore the pants in the family and ordered him to make the phone call to police about a woman driving erratically before parking at an Irvine elementary school.

Just to be clear, that's 40-year-old Easter's defense.

His attorney also told jurors in the Santa Ana courtroom Wednesday that Easter had no idea his wife had planted drugs in the car of the school volunteer.

That flies in the face of a the 9-1-1 call played for jurors, which features the voice of Kent, who'd given a false name, saying the driver placed something behind her seat, and when the dispatcher asked if he could make out what it was, he replied, "It could be pills or something."

An Irvine Police officer later saw in plain view a bag filled with pills, marijuana and a used pot pipe and went inside the school to confront the driver, school volunteer Kelli Peters, about it.

Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, Attorney Couple, Allegedly Planted Drugs on School Volunteer

Kent's attorney, Tom Bienert, told jurors his client was in bed and taking medication when his wife planted the drugs. But Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Duff countered that tracking records indicate Kent's cell phone was near Peters' home in the early morning hours of Feb. 16, 2011, when the drugs were planted.

A grand jury indictment in October 2012 indicted investigators believed Kent, not his fellow attorney wife Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, planted the drugs in Peters' car because Jill was upset over Peters having punished their son on the schoolyard.

Kent and Jill Easter, Accused of Planting Drugs on School Volunteer, Indicted by Grand Jury

But Bienert maintained that Jill took Kent's cell phone with her when she planted the drugs, and that she'd texted a man named Glenn with whom she was having an affair.

When the policeman asked the sobbing Peters who could have done this to her, she immediately answered the Easters, according to Duff, who said in court that the couple had tried to get her fired, sued her unsuccessfully and sought a restraining order against her.

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Jill Easter, mastermind?

Duff mentioned that Jill Easter will testify for the defense and that he has no idea what she will say. The 40-year-old just cut a plea deal that had her copping to false imprisonment, having two other counts dismissed and being formally sentenced to a year in jail but only having to do 120 days behind bars and 100 hours of community service. Before Kent Easter's trial began, the prosecution dropped two of the three charges against him as well, leaving a false imprisonment count.

Kent Wycliffe Easter, Irvine's Father From Hell, Has 2 Counts Dropped in Drug-Planting Case

"Kent Easter was a trusting husband, what he wasn't was a standup to his wife," Bienert told jurors. "By the end of the trial, you will see that Kent was a good human being who didn't have a backbone against his wife, she wore the pants in the family."

The defense attorney, who claimed the couple has separated but not yet divorced, denied his client is guilty of imprisoning anyone--except perhaps himself in the marriage, am I right, people?--which would make him not guilty of the charge that could send him to prison for three years.

By the way, it was also disclosed today that Jill does not practice law and that Kent's firm fired him over the incident.

UPDATE NO. 1, NOV. 11, 6:30 A.M.: During Kent Easter's trial for allegedly planting drugs in the car of a rival parent at his son's elementary school, it was revealed Tuesday that his wife's lover is an Orange County firefighter.

But Jill Easter's flame Glenn Gomez never heard her speak with disdain about Kelli Peters, the target of the planted drugs in a bid to get her arrested, according to a police detective.

Testimony revealed Gomez even wore a wire to secretly tape Jill Easter, but she never admitted to doing anything wrong. That wouldn't come until last month in court, when the 40-year-old cut a plea deal that had her copping to false imprisonment in exchange for 120 days in jail.

Kent's trial continues ...

See also:

5 Fun Facts About Mom-from-Hell Jill Easter


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pokertimeaaaa
pokertimeaaaa

Jill Easter has all the symptoms of being a chronic, paranoid, pill popper. Its obvious & am or would be surprised if the Judge in the case hasn't ordered drug testing.

Arlee
Arlee

I'm not a fan of what the Easter's did - it was wrong, BUT, the woman they tried to setup locked their kid out of school?  THIS IS DEFINITELY WRONG. I'M not a parent (and old enough to be a grandmother), but I would be enraged if someone did this to my kid. ENRAGED! When I think of how vulnerable children are (just look at the some of the stories you find on the Internet); it is unconscionable. I just couldn't believe it when I read that volunteer locked the kid out of school. The results of this action could have been very different.

jake
jake

Will be a travesty of justice if the DA does not retry Kent Easter.

..McShyster..
..McShyster..

Retry this piece of crap.

Convict him and his whore wife and send them to prison for the same length of time they exposed their victim to.

Disbar them for life from ever practicing law.



CaBeachNative
CaBeachNative

Retry. If he's smart he'll take a plea deal. This crime wasnt victimless, it was downright evil. My guess is they'll both do very little time in jail. Jails are way overcrowded. I just hope those kids have good roll models in their extended family, cuz mom amd dad proved to have very little ethics.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I don't think they should retry him.  Offer him a deal.  He'll be paying for this for a long time since I'm sure the victim will or is suing.  Over the long run he and his wife screwed themselves financially and ruined their names and careers.  Will he ever practice law again?  He pretty much threw 10 years of education out the door for this.  They have little kids that they parent so I don't see the point of having them both in jail when they have already screwed themselves.  Their kids will always be known as having crazy parents which will be tough to deal with. 

Shorebird
Shorebird

 "jurors could not break an 11-1 vote in favor of conviction."

I think this means they were in favor of conviction...

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Was the 11-1 for guilty or not guilty?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Without being present during the trial, one can only wonder how a man can be videotaped making a report to law enforcement at a hotel close to his office/employer, while also disguising his voice, could possibly be acquitted. 

Does anyone know if "Glenn Gomez" physically testified at the trial that Jill Easter never spoke negatively about Kelli Peters, or was it the Irvine PD officer that gave this information to the jury?  No matter what occurred, it appears Jill Easter was doomed to go down from Day One. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Carlysagan
Carlysagan

I think you're right though I'm guessing there's just one juror voting for acquittal. But they couldn't have been deliberating for more that a day or two. Wonder if they'll re-try since they did get one conviction from her.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Deadlocked jury does not surprise me.  I do actually believe his wife was the main culprit, not saying he is innocent whatsoever because he participated but I doubt he hatched this plan.

shorebird
shorebird

The court shows a not guilty verdict, but the register is reporting that closing arguments are this Monday, sorry for the earlier post

18usc241
18usc241

Hey since he thinks that he can deliberately ruin someone 's life and fall back on the "I was just following orders " defense maybe he can apply for a job in OC law enforcement after serving his time.

Caitlyn Sharp
Caitlyn Sharp

Why are you guys still writing about this stupid story?! There are actual relevant issues to be discussed and news occurring in OC...

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

...his wife "wore the pants in the family."

I wonder what else she wore to push him around?

Anonymous
Anonymous

It ws reported that Jill Easter will be tesifying on behalf of the defense--most likely that may be tomorrow, Friday or next week.  Since Asst. DA Christopher Duff has no idea what Jill Easter will say when she is called as a defense witness, maybe there is going to be some type of Perry Mason moment here in the OC.  The CA State Bar website shows Jill Easter's email as licensetojill@yahoo.com-- scarey stuff based on the events thus far, her career objectives to be an author, and the fact that she and her husband are attorneys.

Is Glenn Gomez going to make an appearance at the trial? Might as well invite every to the party.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It ws reported that Jill Easter will be tesifying on behalf of the defense--most likely that may be tomorrow, Friday or next week.  Since Asst. DA Christopher Duff has no idea what Jill Easter will say when she is called as a defense witness, maybe there is going to be some type of Perry Mason moment here in the OC.  The CA State Bar website shows Jill Easter's email as licensetojill@yahoo.com-- scarey stuff based on the events thus far, her career objectives to be an author, and the fact that she and her husband are attorneys.

bphood
bphood

I wouldnt worry about their childs future...sounds like a future senator to me

18usc241
18usc241

Hmm funny how OC cops / fireman or their apologists always seem to find a way to creep into a frame job story. Reference the Costa Mesa Mayor / council member frame job.

CaBeachNative
CaBeachNative

Im still not buying the Sancho story but if it is true, didnt he just hang the husband by claiming his married concubine never relayed her issues with Ms. Peters ? And there is the old ssying "crazy in the head, better in bed" but theres also the saying that beauty is in the inside. And they are two of the ugliest people.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is Glenn Gomez an "ALIAS" for Jill Easter's alleged lover?

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

She must be amazing in bed. The crazy ones always are and this lady is CRAZY. I also cannot imagine that there is any other quality about her that would keep her pathetic husband around and allow her to ensnare a Sancho. Sexual dynomite, most definitely.

trb92677
trb92677

The husband sounds pathetic, he must have known the firefighter was banging his wife and still did what she said, now he'll be doing what his cell mate tells him.

lazysockmonkey8
lazysockmonkey8

@949girl   Wrong.  They broke the law and it looks like the jury was leaning heavily towards a conviction.  My opinion

lazysockmonkey8
lazysockmonkey8

@949girl LOL  The jury that heard all the details seems to disagree with you!  My opinion

stormy398
stormy398

@shorebird   Where did you find the "not guilty" verdict?  Maybe the fix is in!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

@Caitlyn Sharp Nice try, Jill.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@Caitlyn Sharp Stupid story?  You took the time to read and comment yourself.  Which Easter are you friends with?

stormy398
stormy398

@Caitlyn Sharp    I wonder if Kent & Jill Easter had done this to you if it would be a "stupid story"?

lazysockmonkey8
lazysockmonkey8

@Caitlyn Sharp  Why are you reading and commenting on it?  Its a great story

Anonymous
Anonymous

@CaBeachNative I agree that the Sancho story is a bit over the edge.  Tried a www.google.com search for a firefighter by his name and didn't get one hit, except for Kent Easter's recent trial coverage.  Something smells and cannot help but wonder if Easter's former employer could connect more of the dots. 

bphood
bphood

@Rafael Salazar until she plants drugs in your ass

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@lazysockmonkey8 @949girl It's my opinion, so no, not wrong.  The guy's career,  reputation and finances are most likely ruined by his and his wife's own doing.  What's the point of trying him again so that he can get a possible maximum 3 year prison sentence on top of it?  He'll really only do one year and it'll be in county jail.  So, my opinion is, the DA should offer him a deal to plead guilty and have him serve a year.  In the long run it'll all work out .  He'll never see the inside of a state prison based upon the short maximum sentence he is facing.  I'm all for "you do the crime you do the time" but I'm taking in to consideration the factors I mentioned above and that it will punish his children to have him not working.  So I'm not condoning his actions I'm just being reasonable. 

Carlysagan
Carlysagan

I'll bet this went to trial last time because the DA was demanding he plead guilty to a felony as part of any plea deal which would for sure get him disbarred. Based on how close they were to getting their conviction, I doubt they'll back off on the felony requirement as part of any new plea negotiations.

I dont know that putting him in jail accomplishes anything but but based on his actions he certainly doesn't deserve to practice law any longer so I hope they don't get crazy and reduce the charges to a misdemeanor just to avoid the costs of a 2nd trial.

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