Forthcoming HLRe: Summer 2012: Underwood

Web Snippet to Accompany: Making Stuff Up Revisited: Opening Statement By Richard H. Underwood

It is hard to find an academic who will admit having had any interest in the Casey Anthony case. Perhaps it was the Nancy Grace factor. I was not exactly glued to the set, but I was stunned by the opening statement for the defense, and the verdict. In my short (and I hope, amusing) article I raise some questions about things said in opening statements, and how they might just come back to bite, if not in the same trial, then later. The old saw that “opening statements are not evidence” is an overstatement, on a number of levels. If you are interested in the civil fallout from a criminal case, I think you will agree with me that this case is the gift that just keeps on giving.