The Cyril Wecht trial is winding down now, being turned over to the jury for what will surely be their guilty verdict. Right? What’s Vegas saying on this?
Regardless, check out some of the closing arguments.
Cyril’s attorney Jerry McDevitt said:
“Think about how precious little evidence was ever really produced in this case about Dr. Wecht. You heard about everybody but him. Ladies and gentlemen, it took seven weeks and 44 witnesses, and they did not come close to proving one crime by this man — not close.”
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen S. Stallings rebutted by grabbing a post-it note written by Cyril “telling his administrative assistant to charge a private client $80 for a round-trip limousine ride he never took.”
“This is his handwriting. This is his ink right here. …’Add $80 ground transportation, Pittsburgh.’ That’s his intent, ladies and gentlemen. He did this on purpose.”
McDevitt came back with:
“If you don’t have that, then what you take is a shotgun and fill it up with a bunch of legal buckshot and shoot it blindly around the room, hoping that one pellet, one pellet hits the bird and kills the bird. It’s the legal equivalent of throwing mud at the wall. Don’t do an injustice here. He has Pittsburgh in his DNA. He is to this city in forensic pathology what the Steelers are in football. This man has spent his life getting justice for people. Please do it to him now. Forty-one times not guilty. No buckshot. No miscarriage of justice.”
First, invoking the Steelers to a yinzer jury is quite genius when you think about it. “We can’t find him guilty; he’s like DNA to the Steelers, is what the guy said!”
The whole buckshot speech is awesome in and of itself, worthy of a Pittsburgh-based Law and Order, but that little “no buckshot” stuck in there at the end literally had me laughing out loud on my bus this morning.
I really hope that if Cyril is found innocent of these crimes, that he comes tearing out of the courthouse, spilling into Grant Street screaming “No buckshot! No buckshot!” at the top of his lungs.