Jordan’s lawyer Robert Giroux began attacking the officers account of their encounter with Jordan Miles.
“I’ll tell you what they’re going to say (referring to the defense). Their CYA (cover your ass) story.”
“Their search for a gun was nonsense. How can you prove there was a bulge in his pocket, when you threw away the bottle?”
“They’ll tell you, he caused us to beat him up.”
Giroux ripped apart the entire police defense plan in his hour-long argument, as well as warning the jury that the defense will try to manipulate their feelings to secure a ruling in favor of the officers.
“That’s how desperate they are, to use these bullets to justify their actions,” Giroux hinted toward a cover up.
Opening first for the defense, James Wymard, recycled his opening from the first trial with minor differences. He emphazied how bad crime is in the Homewood area, mentioning burglary and rape multiple times as he addressed the four male, four female, all-white jury.
His argument was interrupted multiple times by Giroux objections. Giroux noted that much of what Wymard said was argumentative or trying to play to the jury’s feelings. His objections were sustained multiple times.
Wymard, kept telling the jurors that all Miles had to do was “stop” and then none of us would be in the courtroom today.
“We have no burden to prove anything in this case, It’s all on the plaintiffs,” another recycled line fromthe first trial.