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Author Archives: Paul Mark Sandler

The closing argument – a perspective

The purpose of the closing argument is to incite jurors or a judge to render the decision you request. It is not about impressing listeners with your eloquence. According to the apocryphal tale, when listeners heard Demosthenes, they would remark, ...

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The story of a prosecutor who won the case but lost his life

Civil wars raged in England during the mid-1600s, caused by the uprising of the people against  the tyrannical rule of King Charles I. He infuriated the Puritans, who opposed the close resemblance of the English Church to Catholicism. He often ...

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Lawyers and safeguarding ‘access to justice’

Access to justice is a broad term with different interpretations. Take, for example, the Maryland Attorney General’s Access to Justice Task Force, which, this past January, released excellent and important recommendations that targeted five goals to achieving access to justice: ...

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Learning the secrets of persuasion

Many of us spend significant time in our daily lives attempting to convince others to “see it our way.” Often these efforts are in a courtroom, boardroom, office, or with family and friends. The secret to succeeding in these persuasive ...

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Did Clarence Darrow bribe those jurors?

It appears that this remarkable trial lawyer, noted for his mesmerizing eloquence in court and for defending controversial individuals, may have bribed two prospective jurors in the so-called McNamara case. Clarence Darrow denied this officially, but on occasion inferred the ...

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