Thursday, November 17, 2011
ITS A LONG LONG ROAD
Mr. Black was pondering rebuttal arguments. Actually he was beyond pondering. He was mulling though his collection of great rebuttals of the past. Want to know why Mr. Black is a great lawyer? Read his blog. He loves and respects his craft. And he constantly studies it.
Mr. Black calls the prosecutor's rebuttal in the prosecution of Dr. Conrad Murray "as good as it gets." and "It was a coup de grace." High praise from a lawyer who knows a good rebuttal when he hears one.
Speaking of rebuttals, we were always of the belief that a good piece of defense evidence was more than worth sacrificing the right to a rebuttal argument. This was back in the day when the defense had the rebuttal closing argument unless they introduced a piece of evidence. However, now that the defense no longer has the chance at a rebuttal closing argument, we miss it.
True the prosecution has the burden of proof. But they get to proceed first at every critical stage, from voire dire to opening. Sometimes a good last word works wonders.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez thankfully does not join the historical litany of multi-named assassins, as his attempt on the life of President Obama was not successful and he is now in custody. Ortega-Hernandez shot at the White House while the President was a continent away. However one projectile struck the facade over the Truman Balcony where the President and his wife sometimes sit and relax. Do we now have to sequester our President in a physical bubble at all times? Maybe so. But the important point is Mr. Ortega-Hernandez's Second Amendment rights were not infringed before he shot up the White House, right? Right?
"It's a long long road, from which there is no return..."
The Hollies*. He Ain't Heavy. He's My Brother.
*HT to Scott Saul for correcting us.