Al Garcia's accuser in rape trial grilled during cross examination


After testimony Wednesday morning from the woman accusing former political bigwig Al Garcia of rape, the trial resumed in the afternoon with Garcia's lawyer, Paul Edulund, cross-examing Garcia's alleged victim. Edlund dwelt on the legal trouble that brought her to seek Garcia's legal services to begin with, then walked the witness through the sexual encounter again, repeatedly questioning why she fought harder or protested more loudly against his unwelcome sexual actions.

The court also heard testimony from Michael Griffin, the Minneapolis police officer who interviewed Garcia's accuser in the hospital the night of the incident. Griffin testified that her demeanor at the time was very matter-of-fact. "She wasn't showing a lot of emotion," he said.

The trial resumes Thursday morning.