Will Boy Scout type values resonate with a New York jury? Time will tell. Assistant District Attorney Reed Brodsky delivered his opening argument today in "U.S. v Gupta." The line that's being quoted in the media, including Bloomberg, is the defendant Rajat Gupta, who had been a board member of Goldman Sachs, " ... threw away his duties, threw away his responsibilities ..."
At the end of the sentence, Brodsky added the point which would concern me if I were on the jury. And that was " ... and he broke the law ..." There are plenty of people loose in society who threw away their duties and responsibilities. But they do that in a way that doesn't break the law. So, they don't wind up on trial.
This trial, just like the trial of John Edwards, is not about character. It's about if the law was broken. Should the boy scout rhetoric continue throughout the trial, the jury could push back and acquit.