UPDATE- a real live barbecue debate has broken out in the comments section, and just in time for the 4th of July. This is real important stuff so chime in.
GUILTY- 17 COUNTS. 1 NOT GUILTY, HUNG ON TWO COUNTS....
The verdict is expected to be announced shortly. We will have it for you soon after it's announced. Doesn't look good for Blago....
WANNA GET ON THE 3RD DCA?
Be nice to Judge Sayfie. Her husband, Justin Sayfie was just named to the 3rd DCA JNC.
Query: Why does an Orlando newspaper have an article on a Ft. Lauderdale Attorney serving on a JNC for Miami and Monore? Just wondering.
Roy Black on Closing Arguments here.
Rumpole says: "Brilliance is the residue of design."
In our humble opinion cases are rarely won or lost in closing argument. Especially on the defense side, the defense needs to give the jury reasons to acquit, be it through affirmative direct evidence or testimony obtained on cross examination. The most brilliant and captivating speaker in the world can't win a case if he or she has nothing to talk about. All too often we see young lawyers ignoring evidence and putting all their hopes in a closing argument basket. What happens is those eloquent attorneys find themselves losing to the mediocre lawyers who had the evidence and facts on their side.
Jurors aren't stupid (spare us your emails) and they can see the forest through the trees. Give us some real good evidence over a pithy line in closing any day of the week. That being said Mr. Black is right on the money when he says that eloquence does not come from sudden inspiration or off the cuff remarks, but is born of hundreds of hours of sweat, work, and tears put into a case. As he rightly endorsed- we open a file entitled "closing argument" the day we are hired, and we don't stop putting in thoughts, ideas, post-it notes until we sit down on behalf of our client for the last time.
See You In Court.