Jason Mitchell is the second of several defendants to go to trial in the tragic murder of Sean Taylor. Opening statements are today, probably by ASA Marie Mato. The lead prosecutor is Reid Ruben, one of the very best to ever advocate for the state.
Rumpole says: We don't approve of this business of splitting up a case and having one lawyer do voir dire, then another opening, then the first lawyer closing. The jury should hear one consistent voice in a case.
Meanwhile, the trial of Officer "funny face" continues before Judge Tinkler-Mendez. Openings were Monday. The defense told the jury, "blood alcohol, schlub alcohol" it's all meaningless. Judge him by his actions of cavorting down the beach on and ATV, lights out, high speed, early morning, a babe on the back....wait...well there's always reasonable doubt.
According to this report, Orlando Judge John Murphy smacked assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock. The two were arguing in the hallway over a speedy trial issue. Duh.
If ever there was a case for Alex Michaels.....
See you in court where we never use a trial partner.
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