Criminal Defense Theatrics


March 7, 2012
By Benjamin P. Urbelis on March 7, 2012 3:53 PM |

SInce Johnnie Cochran's famous phrase, "If the glove don't fit, you must acquit," I've always enjoyed courtroom theatrics. I strongly believe that in certain criminal cases, the defense attorney can gain a significant advantage by pushing the envelope and making a dramatic statement that sticks in the minds of the jury through deliberations. Most recently, while representing State Senator Harri Anne Smith on bribery charges, high-profile Alabama defense attorney Jim Parkman used creative theatrics in order to hammer his point to the jury. During the trial, the prosecution's key witness claimed to have suddenly remembered Smith's role in the bribes while he was eating a chicken sandwich. While delivering his closing argument, Parkman handed the prosecution a chicken salad sandwich, mocking the state's key witness.

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