May 14, 2006
The Skilling/Lay Closing Arguments
Today will be the government's first crack at closing. Normally the first government closing is a summary of the evidence - that is, from their perspective. One seldom sees the fireworks during this initial phase. The government will get a second round of closing (rebuttal) on Wednesday. The reason for the government going first and last is because they carry the burden of proving the accused guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Some questions remain:
- Will the government continue to take the position they have taken with Skilling and Lay at trial (these guys were on soapboxes providing false information); or will they now position themselves for the court giving a willful blindness or ostrich instruction?
- Will they refer to the Photofet evidence and will this be one of their key arguments as to why Skilling and Lay's testimony can't be trusted?
- Will they use all their time, or try and keep the closing as brief as possible? Will they continue to keep the case simple?
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