Sport: Ending Courtroom Antics

Gesticulating vehemently, a North Carolina lawyer wound up a case several years ago with a massive sweep of his arm, lost his balance, and tumbled headfirst into the jury box. Another attorney in the state was blind, and after finishing his presentations, used to make his Seeing-Eye dog do cute tricks in order to distract the jury from what opposing lawyers were saying.

Colorful courtroom psychology has been favored by many a U.S. defense lawyer, from Clarence Darrow to Melvin Belli, but this week much of it will end in North Carolina. As part...

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