Opening Statement

This is an Opening Statement of a trial argued by Jim Amberg.  At the trial, the Defendant was charged with Assault with the Intent to do Great Bodily Harm less than Murder.  Given the situation in which the Defendant had been victimized by her attacker, the defense was self-defense.  The allegations were that the Defendant had repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend both with a knife and a broken bottle.  The prosecutor, a highly-skilled special prosecutor from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, made very persuasive arguments in favor of guilt on this charge.  Knowing this, Jim provided the jury with a very passionate opening, alerting them to the suffering his client had encurred.  Ultimately, the jury found Jim's client was not guilty of the major assault charge.