Criminal Procedures

Trial Process

What does each side hope to accomplish with closing arguments?

Each side hopes to win its case and leave a lasting, positive impression on the jury during closing arguments. Usually, the prosecution will emphasize the strength of the evidence and that the evidence points to the defendant’s guilt. The defense often emphasizes that the prosecution failed to meet the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard and that the defense witnesses established that the defendant did not commit the crime.


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