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Interesting to note

the author, as well as others conceded two issues hurt McDonald's case.

One was his arrogant demeanor throughout the trial. He never displayed any sense of loss or regret over the deaths of his wife and children. In fact it was reported he came across as somewhat indignant that his time was being put to such use.

The second was the manner in which his New York attorney spoke to the jury during the final arguments. He actually took most of the time which had been allocated to Wade Smith for his portion of the final argument to the jury. It was repeated in the book, and follow up articles that had the New York attorney spoken much less and Wade Smith been allowed to speak more, McDonald might well have walked.

Sad to think that might have made the difference.

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