I wonder if there is a general agreement out there with the idea that arguments by counsel should be prohibited until after the submission of evidence because juries must keep an open mind.
The Second Circuit panel said: "The traditional order of events at a criminal trial-opening statements, presentation of evidence, summations, and jury instructions-has numerous purposes. Among these purposes is to enable juries to avoid forming opinions before the close of evidence and deliberations. This is reflected in trial courts' repeated instructions to juries to keep an open mind until deliberations."
Coming soon: the law of evidence on Spindle Law