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Will Jury Sympathy Be A Factor In WTC Trial?

While the World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein has formidable challenges ahead of him in a jury trial starting this week against 13 insurers, some lawyers say Mr. Silverstein may have the emotional aspect of the Sept. 11 tragedy working in his favor.

“Who would be the more sympathetic party in front of a jury? Logic dictates that Mr. Silverstein, who is trying to rebuild the World Trade Center site, would in all likelihood be a more sympathetic figure” when compared to various insurers, many of which are foreign companies that jurors probably never even heard of before, said Michael Gorelick, a law partner at New York-based Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson, PC.

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