The team of defense lawyers struggled to keep poker faces and trialobservers glanced at each other in surprise, as U.S. District JudgeDonald M. Middlebrooks, who had just stepped briskly to the bench onthe afternoon of June 7, summoned jurors into the courtroom.

That wasn’t what anyone had expected. Middlebrooks had said he wouldrule that day on the defense motions to acquit the defendants � arequest routinely made after prosecutors finish presenting their case.Judges almost always deny them � and they do so out of the hearing ofthe jury.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]