Kevin Spacey Trial Podcast: Episode 1: Over this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Adam H Douglas over at Popping Culture and discuss the upcoming Kevin Spacey trial. You can check that out below.
what to expect from the trial
Kevin Spacey could be on the stand early, with some dramatic moments from the get-go.
Kevin Spacey jury selection begins tomorrow
Jury selection for the civil lawsuit brought forth against Kevin Spacey by Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp begins tomorrow in New York. His Honor, Lewis A. Kaplan, is presiding over the litigation.
District Judge Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan
District Judge Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan is no stranger to high-profile cases. In his almost 30 years on the bench, the Harvard Law alum has presided over some of the most in/famous litigations in recent history, including Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s lawsuit against the Duke of York, columnist E. Jean Carroll’s case against Donald Trump, cases involving prominent names in organized crime, and Tanzanian-born al-Qaeda member Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first Guantanamo Bay prisoner to have a civilian trial.
His Honor Kaplan recently ordered that if lawyers for Anthony Rapp call Kevin Spacey as a witness on their “case in chief,” then cross-examination will not be limited to “the scope of the direct examination.”
What is “Case In Chief” & Why Does It Mattter?
“Case in chief” is when the plaintiff (Anthony Rapp), has the opportunity to present evidence that supports their case at the beginning of the trial.
If you’ve ever watched a courtroom drama, you’ve seen this. It’s what happens after the opening statements.
It’s at this point that Mr. Rapp’s lawyers will start presenting their arguments—before the defendant has an opportunity to provide context or reject inaccurate testimony.
They get to present their evidence first because they have the burden of proof.Embed from Getty Images
So this scenario could play out something like this:
Rapp’s lawyers call Kevin Spacey to be a witness at the start of the trial when they first present their position.
They’ll lay out their theories and arguments to support what they are hoping to prove—that Kevin Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance against 14-year-old Anthony Rapp.
Rapp’s lawyers can ask Mr. Spacey open-ended questions at this time, such as “when did you first meet Anthony Rapp?” This questioning is called direct examination.
After the Rapp’s lawyers ask Mr. Spacey their questions, the Spacey’s lawyers have an opportunity to ask him some additional questions. These questions are often aimed at clarifying, offering insight, or can provide context to something said in an earlier answer. This is called “cross-examination.”
In a court case, the judge will often limit cross-examination questions to the subjects discussed in the direct examination.
For example, if the Anthony Rapp’s lawyers direct examination questions were all about apples, then Kevin Spacey’s lawyers could only ask him questions about apples. They couldn’t bring up the topic of oranges.
Still with me, folks?
So, in layman’s terms, Justice Kaplan’s order says that when Kevin Spacey’s legal team asks him questions—after Anthony Rapp’s lawyer’s—they aren’t “limited” to the original question subjects; they can introduce new topics.
In other words, Kevin Spacey’s lawyers don’t have to stick to asking him questions about apples—they can talk about oranges or anything else that is relevant.
Legally speaking, this is going to be a barn burner.
Like their clients, the legal teams representing Kevin Spacey and Anthony Rapp are both top-tier performers, excelling in multi-million dollar settlements and award-winning verdicts for past clients. During the next days and weeks, we’ll witness some of the best legal minds digging into one of our generation’s most controversial court cases.
Hit me up with questions or comments, and I’ll do my best to get you the information/ answers you need.
Fasten your seatbelts, everyone. It’s gonna be one hell of a bumpy night.