Law Religion Culture Review

Exploring the intersections of law, religion and culture. Copyright by Richard J. Radcliffe. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Theory v. Practice.

In theory, attorneys are not supposed to use opening statements to "argue" their cases.

In practice, they do so all the time.

Take today's high-profile Michael Jackson case, for example. According to, Mr. Jackson's attorney started his statement with the following: "I'm here to tell you these charges are fictitious and bogus." He further argued: "These charges are fake, silly, ridiculous."

Sounds like argument to me, and a thesaurus exercise.