John Wilburn will report in stages this evening, I will post his accounts as they become available.
John’s Report post begins with Jury instructions at 9:35 PM – Part 2 Conway’s closing added 11:10 PM Part 3 Mr. Broccoletti’s closing added 1:45 AM. Ebert’s rebuttal added 2:05 AM
The Judge gave the jury their instructions on the law applicable to this case, and the Prosecution and Defense gave their closing arguments this afternoon. I got there just in time for Prosecutor Paul Ebert’s rebuttal before the jury was sent home for the night. With the prosecution having the last word, it is critical what the jurors will take to bed with them.
They will lay their heads down on their pillows thinking “Huh?”
He did not build toward any conclusion, he just made a bunch of unrelated statements that presumably answered some assertion Broccoletti made before I arrived, but it sounded as though I had dropped these notes I have been taking for two weeks, picked up an handful, and read a paragraph from each.
I’m not going to waste anyone’s time with excerpts from that prattle, I’ll wait for John’s account like everyone else and comment later.
So, that’s how this trial ends, not with a bang but with a whimper.