People v. Mudd, 2022 IL 126830 (January). Episode 861 (Duration 8:46)
Completely proper in closing argument for the State to point out that both sides are legally allowed to conduct scientific testing.[Read more…]
People v. Williams, 2020 IL App (1st) 163417 (February). Episode 756 (Duration 17:26)
An example of what not to say in closing argument.[Read more…]
Crafting a persuasive closing argument in a criminal trial is as much knowing what not to say as it is knowing what to say or how to say it.[Read more…]
People v. Holmon, 2019 IL App (5th) 160207 (August). Episode 712 (Duration 21:49)
Prosecutor gets a little carried away in closing arguments, even brings up Sling Blade.[Read more…]
People v. Thompson, 2016 IL App (1st) 133648 (March). Episode 164 (Duration 5:47)
Some of the State’s remarks in closing relied on questionable advocacy, but did not rise to the level of clear and obvious error. [Read more…]
People v. Mpulamasaka, 2016 IL App (2d) 130703 (January). Episode 127 (Duration 15:34).
Prosecution walks the line to win a conviction. Appellate court quickly reverses.
See People v. Williams, 2015 IL App (1st) 122745 (March). Episode 067 (Duration 16:28)
Was there improper witness vouching? This was the question after the prosecutor told the jury he “checked out” his witness’s story. [Read more…]