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. 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. Thompson, 2015 IL App (1st) 122265 (August). Episode 094 (Duration 8:05)
Is this common prosecutorial reasonable doubt argument objectionable?
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…]