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Peruto said any conventional wisdom that the charges are a slam-dunk could work against the prosecution.
"You can never count a jury as a layup in any case," he said. "The more potential jurors read the case is ironclad for the prosecution, the more potential for rebellion."
Before they deliberate, jurors will probably get an instruction from the judge that tells them they can believe all, some or none of a given witness’ testimony, Gover said. He said the existence of multiple alleged victims will be a powerful tool for the prosecution, recalling a trial in which he represented a defendant a year ago in a sexual abuse case with four accusers.
"When you have one victim on the stand crying, that’s one thing," Gover said. "When you have four on the stand crying it’s incredible. And it was devastating." His client was convicted.
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