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Monday, September 19, 2005

Low-Key and Truthful Trials.

In a federal case, I just received from the Court a Scheduling Order ("SC"). The Court apparently issues SCs in all of its cases set for jury trials.

Two intriguing points lept off the page under the heading "General Decorum".

1. "Please keep the trial low-key." What's "low-key"? No definition was provided.

2. "It [the trial] is to be a dignified search for the truth." Truth? That's often the first casualty in a trial.

Can we candidly say that any recent high-profile case has been either "low-key" or a "dignified search for the truth"?