Facing 1st Jury, Opioid Attys Turn To Instagram, ‘Wizard Of Oz’

Law360, Central Islip, N.Y. (June 29, 2021, 11:10 PM EDT) — Attorneys for two New York counties on Tuesday kicked off the nation’s first opioid crisis trial before a jury by pivoting to a plainspoken style that likened painkiller-promoting doctors to “Instagram influencers” and invoked a classic scene from “The Wizard of Oz” to illustrate the dangers of narcotics.

Jayne Conroy of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC speaks with reporters Tuesday after delivering an opening statement for Suffolk County in an opioid crisis trial. (Jeff Overley / Law360) During opening statements in the Long Island hamlet of Central Islip, lawyers for Nassau and Suffolk counties addressed six jurors and six alternates with allusions…

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