D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, acknowledging last night that "some of my conduct is not something I've been proud of," said that is not the issue at his trial, and added that he does not believe the government has proved him guilty of criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
Barry, speaking to a TV interviewer on the day the defense rested its case in his drug conspiracy and perjury trial, said: "Let the jury decide."
Asked by the interviewer on BET News, a show broadcast last night on the Black Entertainment Television cable channel, about the possible effect on the predominantly female jury of testimony about his intimate relations with women while married, Barry said he was "not on trial for that."
Referring to "those alleged acts of indiscretion, or alleged acts of adultery," he called them matters for him and his wife to discuss.
Moreover, he said, a "predominantly white" federal government's use of black women "to entrap" black men might sway jurors in his favor.
Citing his decision "to stand up and fight" what he called an abusive federal government, the mayor called his controversial case "not an embarrassment but an inspiration" and source of hope to citizens who he said have also suffered from abuse by the federal government.
His legal bills will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but he said his friends have raised or will raise "a significant amount" of that.
Barry said there was "no need to subject" himself to prosecutors' cross-examination by testifying in his own defense. "They'd like to get me" on the stand, he said, but added that his trial was not "Perry Mason."