Cal. Litig. 2017, Volume 30, Number 3

The Closing Statement For The Defense

By John Conti

The moment of highest tension for trial lawyers and litigants is when the silence of the courtroom is broken by the reading of the jury’s verdict. Barring appellate reversal, everyone involved will have to live with the decision for the rest of their lives.

As the ultimate arbiters, jurors have the most decisive role yet the most abstract connection to the case. While the parties are invested personally, and the attorneys both personally and professionally, jurors are not affected by the verdict other than on an emotional level. As they walk from the courthouse for the final time, they hope to have a sense of confidence and pride in their decision, sen-

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