Paul Gianelli, Cheryl's attorney, will argue that because Cheryl was a victim of incest and rape, her plot to have her father killed was an act of self-defense. According to police, Sean hid behind a tree and shot James Pierson five times with a .22-caliber rifle he had bought in Queens.
The success of his argument will hinge on the jury's accepting that Cheryl's emotional stress prevented her from seeing any other way out, an approach to the legal theory of self-defense that feminists have lobbied for successfully in recent years, but that in July was called into question by a decision in New York's highest court. '' ''My brother does not belong in the ground,'' says Marilyn Adams, Cheryl's aunt, who would like to see her niece in jail. Cheryl never told Sean why she wanted him to kill her father.
''People ask me why I didn't ask for help,'' says Cheryl. Police say she had never told them, her family, her friends, her neighbors or anyone else who might have helped.
Miller wears retro skinny suits, only recently ditched a chain-smoking habit and has the kind of cockiness that reads as unexamined, unsympathetic self-hatred.
At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant’s voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law.
It seemed contrived and forced, like a politically precocious, weasley teenager’s idea of how to command a crowd.
While he rebuts rumours of cocaine use, Johnson admits “I have issues”, without specifying what they might be.
Under the stern gaze of father-in-law and ice‑hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, apparently aping the role of Robert De Niro in Meet the Parents, he simply descends into abstract therapy-speak about being “the person I want my kids to look up to”. For here is a man who, after 18 years as the most famous sportsman on the planet, continues to find no way of enjoying the exposure.