On Sunday, we told you the tale of Eric Naposki, who played for the Pats and Colts in 1988 and 1989 — and who allegedly shot and killed his lover’s multimillionaire boyfriend in 1994.
Nearly 17 years later, Naposki finally is on trial. On Monday, the lawyers gave their opening statements. According to the OC Register, Naposki “shook his head, snorted, smiled, laughed and added inaudible commentary” while prosecutor Matt Murphy addressed the jury. Wisely, Murphy pointed out Naposki’s behavior, and Murphy told the jury, “You’re going to hold this guy accountable.”
Though Naposki’s antics don’t amount to evidence, the manner in which the jury filters and weighs the proof introduced against him will be influenced by their impression of Naposki. That’s why every lawyer who has a client in the presence of a judge and/or a jury needs to control that client, explaining to him or her that, no matter what is said by anyone in the courtroom, there should be no reaction.
Sometimes, it’s easier said than done. But the lawyer always needs to try. If Naposki’s lawyer tried, then Naposki’s lawyer to date has failed.