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1.2-3 Effect of Side Bars/Argument Without Jury

Revised to January 1, 2008

At various times throughout the course of this trial it's been necessary, at the suggestion of the lawyers or my own judgment, to discuss certain matters outside the hearing of the jury.  It is within my role as a judge to determine which evidence may be presented to you and it is counsels' job to present those issues to me in a way that will not prejudice the fairness of the trial.  You should not hold it against either counsel if (he/she) suggested that matters be discussed outside your hearing nor should you speculate as to the matters discussed.  The rules of the court simply require that some issues be resolved outside your hearing.



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