Tuesday will be a big day in our humble REGJB.
Closing arguments are scheduled in State v. Jason Mitchell, the case involving the tragic murder of Sean Taylor. No inside info, but we expect that Reid Ruben will do one or both of the prosecution's closing arguments (they get rebuttal because before the law changed, they were losing too many trials and the legislature put an end to that by golly). Want to see one of the best trial lawyers in action? Go watch Reid.
Action resumes in State v. Officer Funny Face. The trial has been on a bit of hiatus, as a scheduling issue delayed matters until Tuesday, when a defense witness will testify. The only issue after that is will the defendant, a former police officer and presumably an individual experienced in testifying and cross examination, testify?
Most long time and careful readers know Rumpole's aversion for having a client testify. Indeed in federal court they enhanced the punishment if your client has the temerity to testify. But in state court, for us the issue is that the jury naturally tends to focus exclusively on the client's testimony and all other issues of reasonable doubt are forgotten. If your client does well, you are ahead. If your client stumbles, you are behind. Usually most prosecutors are not experienced in cross examination, as they have spent years at the podium asking "what happened next?" But in this trial, ASA David Gilbert is waiting in the wings, a lion in the tall grass, ready to pounce. Gilbert is as experienced an ASA in the Dade SAO office as they have, and like Reid Ruben, he is a pro and will be prepared.
We do not expect either Messrs. Gilbert or Ruben to not answer the bell in trial because of cramps.
See you in court.
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