Winona trial goes to jury. Defense insists the actress was framed, while prosecution lists top 10 reasons she should be convicted of shoplifting
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Closing arguments were presented in the Winona Ryder shoplifting trial on Monday, and the jury was ordered to pick a foreman and begin deliberating, which means a verdict could come in as early as today. The defense rested without calling its client to testify, with Ryder’s lawyer Mark Geragos insisting that the actress had been framed and that the stories told in court by Saks Fifth Avenue security guards and the police contained ”a multitude of inconsistencies,” according to Reuters. The prosecution, however, argued that Ryder had given a multitude of excuses, which prosecutor Ann Rundle laid out in a David Letterman-esque top 10 list. Bottom line, Rundle said of Ryder: ”She came, she stole, she left. End of story.”

According to the Associated Press, Geragos charged that Saks staffers had erased parts of the store security tape that might have exonerated Ryder and suggested that the scissors she allegedly used to snip the sensor tags could have been planted on her. In any case, he said, ”This woman is known for her fashion sense,” arguing that she was unlikely to cut large holes in clothing she wanted. ”Was she going to start a new line of Winona wear with holes in it?” He also placed one of the allegedly stolen hair bows on her head and said it was unlikely the stylish star would wear such an item. In other words, he said, she had no motive to boost nearly $6,000 worth of merchandise from the department store.

”She may have been stealing just for the sheer thrill of seeing if she could get away with it,” was Rundle’s explanation of Ryder’s motive, noting that the actress had spoken dialogue to that effect onscreen in ”Girl, Interrupted.” She described Geragos’ theory of a conspiracy and cover-up as a story that ”could only have been written in Hollywood,” Reuters reports.

Rundle’s own story, in contrast, could have been written in the ”Late Show”’s home office in Wahoo, Nebraska, as it included a ”Top 10 List of Things the Law Does Not Say.” According to E!, the list included such possible Ryder excuses as ”If you sell $200 hair bows, you deserve to get ripped off,” and ”Crime is okay, if your director tells you to do it,” referring to the testimony of prosecution witnesses who said the actress told them she was just rehearsing for an upcoming movie that called for her character to shoplift.

According to the New York Post, Ryder spoke out only once during the entire trial. On Monday, when Rundle said that scissors had been removed from her pocket after her arrest, she lost the composure she’d maintained for the entire trial up to that point and blurted, ”It’s not true!” Will her display, or the theatrics of either of the opposing attorneys, sway the jury? Stay tuned.

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