And so concludes the testimony in the voter fraud trial that was two and a half years in the works.
Trey Smith, the special prosecutor, finished up his case Thursday and the attorneys for Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough and former City Councilman Michael LoPorto decided not to call any witnesses, which is kind of surprising to me.
LoPorto from the get-go, and as late as late last week, was telling everyone he was going to take the stand and tell the jury he did nothing wrong. And I do believe, after getting to know him a little bit over the last few years, he was more than willing to do just that. While I would have loved to have watched LoPorto testify, credit goes to his attorney, Michael Feit, for keeping him off the stand.
I can’t help but wonder how much begging, bribing and/or threatening it took Feit to convince LoPorto to stay quiet. I know I’m not the only one who is more than a little disappointed we won’t hear from LoPorto, but I think it’s a good move on Feit’s part to keep him off the stand.
And while not putting McDonough up is understandable too – if not as anticipated – I thought his attorney, Brian Premo, would have put someone up to cast some doubt on the testimony against his client. I guess he thought the witnesses brought their own “reasonable doubt” to the table, which is understandable considering a number of them admitted on the stand to committing felonies either in the voter fraud scandal or before.
Anyway, the three attorneys will give their closing statements tomorrow morning and then it’s in the hands of jury to decide the fate of McDonough and LoPorto.
What are your thoughts? What are your odds?
I’m giving even money the jury acquits LoPorto.
I’m giving the same odds it convicts McDonough.
Labels: LoPorto, McDonough, Premo, smith