Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Opening Statement and First Day
Opening statements and the State's case are beginning in about 30 minutes. I want to give an opening statement whenever possible and today is one of those days. My opening will be short but hopefully surgically effective to keep the juror's minds open during the prosecution case. Many times my goal in opening is simply to get back to even after the prosecution dumps their evidence expectations into the jury's lap. If I can give the jury a reason to keep an open mind during the government's case, then I've been successful.