Photo: D. Carpenter (Miles Attorney, Joel Sansone speaking with WTAE TV Channel 4 reporter, Bob Mayo.)
Following the lunch break and two hours of defense closing arguments, Joel put his arm around Jordan Miles, giving the young man a pep talk, followed by an intense look of mutual admiration and respect. They smiled at each other, shook hands, then took their place at the plaintiff’s table.
Sansone would deliver to jurors a 2-hour-long emotional plea, as well as attacking the defense’s case.
“‘I’ve been arrested. I don’t know why. I’ve been beaten and I don’t know why.’ The words of an 18-year-old boy to his mom on the phone from jail. Those words will forever ring in his mother’s ears,” Sansone began.
“Are you confused by what the defense told you? I am,” Sansone told jurors.
“I’m disappointed in James Wymard for one mistake he made,” Sansone told jurors. “He has no idea what anyone told a grand jury four years ago because no-one does. As Judge Cercone told you, those records are sealed, and no one has access to them,” Sansone continued.
“Each one has mistaken the facts,” Sansone told jurors while pointing at the defense and their lawyers.
“They did do a jump-out on him, you know,” Sansone told the jury. “Then they exacted a little frontier justice on him because he ran.”
Sansone would switch to a brief history lesson and why the Fourth amendment is one of the most important amendments in our bill of rights.
“Let’s review the evidence of the wrongdoing of these men,” Sansone said again, motioning toward the three defendants.
“The most important witness in this trial is Jordan Miles.”
“Homewood is not a denizen of criminals… people live there, shop there, go to church there,” Sansone said.