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Tag 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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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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A precursor of Miranda v. Arizona

The growth of our common law evolves on a case-by-case basis, beginning in the Middle Ages during the time of Henry II in the 1160s.  The king created the King’s Bench, a circuit of judges known as the Assizes. They ...

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Opening statements: A perspective

The theoretical purpose of the opening statement is to present to the judge or jury the evidence you plan to present during the trial. All this, but without arguing. Argument is reserved for closing, after the evidence has been presented ...

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