D.C. Mayor Marion Barry said yesterday his spirits "are higher than ever before," adding the defense in his drug conspiracy and perjury trial is going "quite well."
Barry, speaking to reporters after a prayer breakfast at Jericho Baptist Church in Northeast Washington, said his defense team is appealing to the jurors and not to journalists.
"You all have a view and version of this trial that we don't have, so we don't get upset when you all report things the way that does not necessarily reflect our direction," Barry said. "It's the jurors we're counting on. Those 12 jurors will make that decision. And I think we're right on target with our defense."
The mayor also said that although there is racial polarization in the District, none of it has been caused by him or his trial.
"All over America, you find increasing amounts of polarization between Hispanics and white people, African Americans and white people, African Americans and Jews," Barry said. "When you look at Los Angeles or Chicago or any other cities in America, you find deep, deep polarizations -- deep, deep animosities.
"Washington is no different," Barry added. "We're no better or worse than most of these cities in terms of racial polarization. It bothers me that we have it, but I certainly, in my view, have not contributed to it."