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November 2017 Archives

Common Closing Argument Errors By Prosecutors

Closing argument is the last opportunity for each side to speak with the jury interrupted before deliberations. The power of closing argument cannot be emphasized enough as the words said in closing argument can echo in the jury's mind long after deliberations. Think "if the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit." Although lawyers have plenty of room to argue, there are still limitations to what can be argued at this critical stage in the trial. Furthermore, there are certain prohibitions specific to prosecutors. The Florida Supreme Court expects "prosecutors, as representatives of the State, to refrain from inflammatory and abusive argument, maintain their objectivity, and behave in a professional manner." Many prosecutors adhere to this mantra and argue with undue professionalism, there are some who do not. Below is a list of popular closing argument errors:

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