The defendant Eric Rivera took the witness stand in his own defense yesterday, and it wasn't pretty. He was subjected to an effective and withering cross examination by ASA Reid Ruben. The defendant had to admit his prior testimony at a motion to suppress that his confession was truthful; he repeated every question Ruben asked him; and at a crucial juncture over the whereabout of the shoes he claims he was wearing (as opposed to the shoes he admitted wearing which were linked to the crime scene) he had no answer and looked to his defense attorney for help.
Rumpole's Fourth Rule of jury trials: Never, ever, ever, put your client on the witness stand.
Closing arguments are set for 1pm. The jury will be instructed after arguments conclude and we will probably get a verdict tomorrow.
See you in court.
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