The defense attorneys in the WR Grace asbestos trial have said that they will call their last witness on Wednesday. Until then, they plan to call six more witnesses. If the last witness is called on Wednesday and closing arguments take a full day, Judge Molloy predicts that deliberation could begin as early as next Friday, May 8.
However, there are still several motions for acquittal pending. This means that Judge Molloy can acquit the defendants before deliberation or can wait until they return a verdict. This means that even if the jury convicts the defendants, Molloy can still acquit them of all charges. However, if the jury returns an acquittal verdict, the motions will be dismissed.
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