Wilson then spent about a week with one of his lawyers, Greg Kloeppel, until finally he moved into what his legal team now calls the “quote-unquote permanent location,” which they declined to disclose. Wilson hasn’t been back to his ranch-style home since he stopped cutting the grass midway through.

“You want to buy a house?” another Wilson lawyer, James Towey, asked.

Wilson’s four-person legal team spoke with The Washington Post on Wednesday about their strategies during a 3 1/2 month period from which Wilson emerged facing no criminal charges but also contending with a lost career and reputation. They said that their client, who’d become nationally a “poster child for bad race relations,” was behind the scenes the perfect legal weapon: He stayed silent publicly, and when he spoke to investigators and jurors, his version of events remained consistent.