Defense lawyers for three men accused of trading on inside information stolen by two disgraced Ropes & Gray attorneys launched an aggressive attack on the government’s case yesterday, giving a jury in lower Manhattan opening statements that sounded like closing arguments.

Zvi Goffer, his brother Emanuel Goffer, and Michael Kimelman watched intently as their lawyers took turns assailing evidence that Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew L. Fish promised will prove the three obtained illegal information on Ropes & Gray’s corporate clients from attorneys Arthur Cutillo and Brien Santerlas.

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