Russell seems to relish being a Villain, I don't think his ego would allow him to say he was "just playing" one. He loves playing like he does and I don't see him making any apologies for it. But he's pissed off way too many people with his gameplay. He could appeal to the jury with a great big apologetic smile, holding puppies and kittens and pictures of his kids, rainbows shooting out his ears, but they wouldn't buy it for a second. These aren't the dumbasses he played with last season. He doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning, especially against Parvati.
ETA: I love the donuts comment, Mar!