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Opening statements bring out a crowd

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The courtroom is awaiting the start of the much-anticipated opening statements. Everyone is seated and waiting for Judge James Zagel to begin the session.

Meanwhile, the overflow room -- a courtroom down the hall from the proceedings that has audio from the trial piped in -- is silent and chock full. "Shoulder to shoulder," a court security officer is shouting as people slide onto the packed wooden benches.

Opening statements are now about 15 minutes late.

Zagel has just entered the courtroom.

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