May 18, 2005
Closing Arguments in Scrushy-Part II
The defense closing has been full steam ahead. The Birmingham Alabama News reports the details here. And as anticipated, a key issue is whether Scrushy "knew." A second strong defense argument appears to be the - "holes" in the government case.
When a case comes down to what the defendant "knew," the credibility or lack thereof of the witnesses who testify can be crucial. And in this case the jury will not have Scrushy's testimony to balance against the witnesses who did in fact testify. The jury also will not have a cross-examination of Scrushy to consider. What they do have is witnesses who received "deals."
Meanwhile the Wall Street Jrl reported on some of the ethics issues underlying the case here. (esp)
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