Prosecutors should think twice about displaying during an opening statement a gun that will later be entered into evidence, a Pennsylvania appeals court panel has found in a case of first impression. The appeals court ruled that an assistant DA's display of a weapon allegedly belonging to a defendant was a harmless error, given the weight of the evidence in the case, but added, "We do, however, caution against the use of such tactics by prosecutors in the future."
Prosecutors Shouldn't Wield Handguns in Court, Says Appeals Court
The Legal Intelligencer
August 23, 2005