"I'm sure he [Brendt Christiansen's lawyer] said far more that didn't get a headline."
In fact, a transcript of Brendt Christiansen's lawyer's complete opening statement
(along with other proceedings) has been published online, and at least some
major newspapers have linked to it.
If No1Marauder's attempting to insinuate that Brendt Christiansen's being unfairly
treated on account of a biased media's dishonest reporting. then he's wrong.
A link would have been nice but I found it on my own.https://news.wttw.com/sites/default/files/article/file-attachments/JT%20CHRISTENSEN%20%20VOLUME%208A%20%28Redacted%29.pdf at p. 9
As to the Opening Statement, PD Tasseff says this:
Now, moreover, while we have acknowledged
that Brendt is responsible for the death of
Miss Zhang, we take serious issue with various
aspects of the government's version of what it
claims happened, and how those things happened, and
why those things happened. So there are several
factual issues and disputes that will require your
resolution in a trial of this case and that is the
reason we are proceeding through this first phase of
What exactly does that mean? It's unclear at this point. Perhaps they will dispute the kidnapping aspect (this is a kidnapping, not a murder, trial), perhaps they will dispute that a cellphone and/or automobile are "instrumentalities" of interstate commerce, perhaps who knows? All of the elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
In any event, he certainly didn't argue or suggest anything like jury nullification.
And as I suspected the Judge charged this:
Statements arguments and questions by
lawyers are not evidence.