Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Closing Arguments in the Conrad Black Case

The prosecution finished its initial closing argument and the defense is now before the jury box. After they finish, the government will get to respond as they have the burden of proof.  As suspected, a key focus is on the credibility of the government cooperator - David Radler. When the government offers enormous benefits to a cooperator in return for his or her testimony, the testimony becomes suspect.  But whether the jury will appreciate the benefits a witness receives for his or her cooperation is an unknown. Equally unknown is the veracity of the individual testifying when they face severe consequences if they fail to provide government cooperation.  Now clearly the government demands that the testimony be truthful - but the decision of the truthfulness is left to the individuals in the jury box. See WSJ, Chicago Tribune



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