During breaks from Day one of his criminal corruption trial, former State Senator Roscoe Dixon was unflappable.
Outside court, Dixon stated, "Judge asked us not to comment. But you're feeling good? Your chin is up? Oh yeah... feel good! Fixing to go get something to eat! What's a good place to get something to eat at?"
The breaks were few during a long day of jury selection. Lawyers were tasked with narrowing a field of more than sixty candidates to 12 jurors and two alternates.
Defense attorneys wanted to be sure they hadn't already made up their mind and that they wouldn't assume the government was always right.
Prosecutors wanted to be sure they wouldn't ignore undercover informants, who might themselves have checkered pasts.
But about strategy, there was little talk. Dixon's attorneys say the judge told them not to discuss the case with media.
Dixon's attorney Coleman Garrett says, "We're cautiously optimistic. That's the term that I've always used and that's where we are now. Nothing has happened to change that at this point."
Meanwhile, Judge Jon McCalla hinted the trial could last two weeks, both because of the number of witnesses and the magnitude of evidence.
All parties say they're ready to get moving.
Garrett continues, "This is just the jump off point and at some point Tuesday or early Wednesday, we'll have a jury and then we'll proceed with evidence in this case and then really see where we are."