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In the Interest of Justice: Great Opening and Closing Arguments of the Last 100 Years
This rich and rewarding volume collects more than two dozen of the most memorable opening and closing arguments made by top prosecutors and defense attorneys of the last one hundred years. Carefully selected to explore every major aspect and challenge of the legal process, these speeches highlight the tactics and strategies, colorful language, and stirring rhetoric that la ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 18th 2005 by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published 2004)
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This book has some great opening and closing arguments by top-notch attorneys in different types of trials. It's valuable because of the language used by these great attorneys to educate, persuade, and challenge the jury to think through the difficult process of rendering a verdict. It's amazing how personal some of the summations are, particularly Gerry Spence, who frankly acknowledges his nervousness and his goal of getting the jury to understand that the defendant is not guilty, or in the civ ...more
This is a book by a prosecutor to collect some of his favorite opening and closing arguments, with lots of commentary. The cases chosen are actually pretty good, skewing heavily toward NYC cases but covering both O.J. Simpson trials, the Oklahoma City bombing, and Martha Stewart's criminal trial. Some of the chapters aren't terribly effective from a legal standpoint - the excerpt from the Scopes Monkey Trial is so brief that it was clearly included from a sense of duty more than an actual prefer ...more