I would have loved to have sat in on Alaskablawg's closing in the Rachelle Waterman murder trial (as described by blogger Harriet Ryan on the CourtTV website). Unfortunately, I was too cheap to get a subscription to watch the live trial:
Day to the prosecutor's night, defense attorney Steven Wells (pictured) delivers a loud, passionate summation. He nearly breaks an easel as he pounds on it while reminding jurors that simply knowing about the murder plot is not a crime. At another point, he dumps two dozen books about parenting teenagers and recognizing bad relationships on a table before jurors. "These books would not sell millions of copies if these weren't everyday common problems of men and women and teenagers across this country," he says as he argues that Rachelle never could have expected to foresee her mom's death when she "vented" to Arrant. He blames her "devil" ex-boyfriend for everything. And after ticking off nine witnesses who testified Waterman seemed to have a normal relationship with her mother present, he tells jurors, "Either she is a cold-blooded, psychopathic bitch monster that ever walked the face of this earth, or she didnt know what was going to happen and she didn't want it to happen!" He asks the panel not to hold his flamboyant behavior against his client and sits down.
I wonder if there is any chance we can get a transcript of the closing?