I’m no legal expert, but after spending more than two hours pouring over the legal filings between former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn and KC’s newspaper of record, I’m having a hard time coming up with one of Penn’s possible arguments that the Star didn’t file a motion to exclude.
Why confuse the jury by letting Penn get his side of the story in?
Seriously – and again, I’m no expert – but just about anything and everything imaginable Penn might want to cite to make his points that the newspaper defamed him – were argued in advance to be stricken from the courtroom conversation. If the Star’s legal team had its way, Penn might merely show up at court, lay down a few inconsequential epitaphs, then lay down promptly and die.
So we’ll see what if anything happens today at 9:30 a.m. when everyone shows up for trial at the Jackson County Courthouse.
You know, be there or be square.