Notes from the Jury Box: The State’s First Witness

Opening Statements: A Real-Life Murder Mystery The State‚Äôs chief attorney, an intense young woman with porcelain features, takes the stage, startling us out of our torpor. She paces and gesticulates emphatically, as if to communicate her moral outrage: the defendant, she insists, has shot an unarmed man who begged for his life in his final…