The east door opened, a uniformed guard led Mason Hudson to his seat at the defendants table, next to Harvey Rehnquist.
The whole courtroom fell silent.
Mason was dressed in an expensive suit, looked self assured and even a little cocky.
Harvey whispered to him, “I’m glad the jury didn’t see that entrance, you damn fool. You need to remain neutral, modest, even a bit sheepish if you can manage it!”
“Sorry Rehnquist, I’m nervous and don’t know how to act.”
“Just do as I say,” Harvey demanded.
The north east door opened and the bailiff led the jury in. They took their seats like they had practiced their entrance. Their faces were calm, eyes forward and unreadable.
The low conversations and whispers began again.
After about five minutes the bailiff stepped forward and in a commanding voice said, “Please rise, the court of Adams County Colorado is now in session. The honorable Judge Damon Wheeler presiding.”
The bailiff then announced, “Today’s case is Hudson versus Hudson.”
Judge Wheeler said, “Good morning, is the prosecution ready? Is the defense ready?”
Both attorneys said, “Yes Your Honor.”
“Today’s case,” Wheeler started, “is a little different than most trials. There are three charges against the defendant Mason Hudson. The first count is the robbery of Dr. Peyton Hudson, allegedly committed by one Hunter Cook. The second count is the premeditated homicide of Dr. Peyton Hudson, also allegedly committed by Hunter Cook. The third is bail jumping, pertaining to an alleged felony. It will be up to you to decide if Hunter Cook and Mason Hudson are one in the same. If so you must find Mason Hudson guilty. If you have any reasonable doubt you must come back with a verdict of not guilty. Also during the sentencing phase the death penalty is an option. I will give further instructions before deliberations begin. Mr. Ashcroft, you may proceed with your opening statement.
“Your Honor, Mr. Rehnquist, the Hudson family, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, good morning,” Ashcroft led off, speaking directly to the jurors.
“Mason Hudson is a thief and a killer! The evidence in this case will show you that the people in this world who think they know him best know him the least. I think it is fair to say that I have the most difficult job there is today, except for the job you twelve jurors have. Your job may be a bit more difficult than mine, but both of us have a central focus, one objective, and that objective is justice.
We’re here today obviously to resolve an important issue that has been on your minds. Did Mason Hudson really rob and kill Dr. Peyton Hudson? Well I’m here to answer that question today. We will answer that question from the evidence and exhibits you’ll see in this case. You will see DNA evidence that the scene belonged to the defendant. You’re going to hear through testimony, that he was sitting at the beginning of a Denver Nuggets game and 30 to 40 minutes later was back with snacks for the second half. And when you see the evidence and hear the witnesses, you’ll put it together and the answer will be clear to you. Mason Hudson IS a thief and a killer.”
“Thank you counselor. Mr. Rehnquist? Are you ready for your opening statement?”
“Yes Your Honor.”
“Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the jury. My name is Harvey Rehnquist and I am representing Mason Hudson in this case. I intend to prove that my client is innocent of the alleged charges he is faced with…if in fact they weren’t committed entirely by a different man, Hunter Cook.
The evidence that will be presented by the prosecution is circumstantial, at best. Today you will HEAR testimony and See evidence which will leave no doubt in your minds of the innocence of the defendant, Mason Hudson.
It is the prosecutions burden to prove to you, beyond any reasonable doubt that my client is in fact guilty of any crime.
The states witness in the robbery charge is unreliable as you will discover and the evidence presented was nothing more than a Halloween costume.
This time table the state has come up with concerning the Denver Nuggets game is not possible and will obviously create doubt in your minds.
The footprints, fingerprints and DNA evidence would of course be found at the Dr. Peyton Hudson crime scene. My client resides on the premises.
We were denied our motion to supress the fore mentioned evidence. No matter, you are critical thinkers and intelligent individuals. I’m sure during the trial and in deliberations you will find doubt and that is all it takes to ultimately return with a verdict of not guilty on all charges.
Thank you for your undivided attention this morning.”