Oct 16, 1995, Monfils Homicide: defense layers mum on strategy pg 1

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Oct 16, 1995, Monfils Homicide: defense layers mum on strategy pg 1 - MONDAY, October 16, 1995 500 Defense' lawyers...
MONDAY, October 16, 1995 500 Defense' lawyers nroumro on strategy By Don Langenkamp rress-uazette rress-uazette rress-uazette At least two of the six defendants defendants in the Tom Monfils murder trial will take the stand this week, but don't expect a spill your-guts your-guts your-guts scene out of a Perry Mason TV episode. The prosecution was expected to end testimony today as the trial heads into its fourth week. "The closest you can expect to someone breaking down on the stand is if somebody makes a mistake mistake and the prosecution exploits it," said Mike Balskus, Outagamie ' " Urv' The Monfils trial Responding to reader's question on the triatA-2 triatA-2 triatA-2 Trial at a glanceA-2 glanceA-2 glanceA-2 County assistant district' attorney analyzing the trial for the Press-Gazette. Press-Gazette. Press-Gazette. Six of Monfils' co-workers co-workers co-workers at James River Keith Kutska, Mike Piaskowski, Rey Moore, Mike Him, Dale Basten and Mike Johnson are charged with party to first-degree first-degree first-degree intentional homicide. homicide. Lawyers for the six are close-mouthed close-mouthed close-mouthed about their strategy. Most of the defense lawyers estimated estimated their cases would take less than one day to present, and several several predicted the' total defense would take less than a week. "It'll move along quickly," said Gerald Boyle, Hirn's lawyer. "I know I won't take more than half a day six hours at the most. It'll be nowhere near what the prosecution prosecution took." Him and Basten will take the stand, their lawyers said. Others weren't so sure late last week. Royce Finne, Kutska's lawyer, said he hadn't decided. Ditto for Tim Pedretti, Piaskowski's lawyer. Robert Parent, Moore's lawyer, said it was "premature" to say anything. anything. Eric Steam, Johnson's lawyer, said, "I never reveal that even if I've already made a determination." determination." Basten's lawyer, Avram Berk, said he would return to the deposi tion given by Basten in Susan Monfils' wrongful-death wrongful-death wrongful-death civil suit It is against the six defendants along with former union president Marlin Charles and former mill-worker mill-worker mill-worker Randy Lepak. Earlier sworn testimony by the defendants in the civil suit was read in court last week. None of the lawyers were quite sure how Judge James Bayorgeon will set the procedure for six individual individual defenses going on at the same time. But they agreed that common witnesses would not be called to the stand six different times. Boyle Needs 'six hours' Steam Expects to be last Balskus said there is an advantage advantage to the defense lawyers in call-: call-: call-: ing a witness only once. "When you do that, the lawyer calling the witness isn't supposed to use leading questions, but dur- dur- Please see DefenseA-2 DefenseA-2 DefenseA-2

Clipped from Green Bay Press-Gazette16 Oct 1995, MonMain EditionPage 1

Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, Wisconsin)16 Oct 1995, MonMain EditionPage 1
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