Courts make determinations in regulation and in fairness. Almost every morning was delayed by fights over what a witness would or would not be allowed to testify about. Snowstorms and even a courthouse hearth drill threw issues additional out of whack, as did journey snafus delaying out of city witnesses, the necessity for some jurors to attend to private business and the obligation of a school trainer-juror to conduct father or mother-instructor conferences. On some days, when witnesses weren’t accessible but their depositions had been taken, the jurors listened as junior attorneys from all sides acted out the deposition transcript.
As the J&J lawyers explained to their shocked opponents, below an obscure Alabama statute—which, it later turned clear, Sullivan and her staff had recognized about for almost a year—the physician had arguably dedicated a felony, as a result of inspecting Austin in Alabama in preparation for his testimony might be … Read more