Mary Albert Sexual Assault Trial in the United States, 1997 Judge: Now, you’re going to have the benefit of some very skilful and very, very good lawyers. But let me caution you now. What the lawyers say in the opening statements and the closing arguments is not evidence. And you shall not receive their statements as evidence. The only evidence that you will consider in this case is evidence that you hear from the witnesses who testify before you in open court under oath and any exhibits that are introduced through various witnesses.