Why would the manager take the stand? Not to mention, what moron couldn't figure out that he has to scan every item? I'd say good luck with that defense.True, a defense attorney might not allow his client to take the stand. But there are other ways to argue the fact that it is Walmart's choice to let untrained customers operate a machine that they never trained any customer to use. He can ask the Walmart manager that question when he is on the stand.
Sure. A good defense attorney will throw all the crap in the world against the all. But, if NE is the same as most other states, petty theft cases are never going to go to trial as they will be pled out.I am not saying that taking that tact is right or that it will win the case. I am saying a good lawyer will throw anything he can at Walmart hoping something will stick or discredit them...or sway the jury in any way.
I have sat through a hundred trials or so. Many times more than that in preliminary hearings. I have seen trial lawyers at work for 30 years. I DO have an idea of what they do, how they do it, and the games that can be played.I don't think any of you know what good trial lawyers do in a courtroom to get their clients off. Not even TM, because I do not think he is a 'trial lawyer'. And TM, FYI, not even a jury after sitting through an entire trial knows all the facts. Not even close. Not when lawyers from both sides are subduing as many opposing facts as they can.