June 01, 2018 Advance Sheet

Permissible Prejudice

Robert E. Shapiro | The author, an associate editor of Litigation, is with Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chicago.

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It was a hushed courtroom as the lead witness began to detail step by step what had happened to her once she heard someone break into her apartment on the fateful night. “He approached me in the dark. I couldn’t really see his face, but he was wearing a grey hoodie and was maybe six feet tall and slight or thin. He grabbed me and turned me over and began stripping off my night clothes.” The silence in the courtroom was palpable.

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