Category: Final Arguments

Conrad Murray: Final Arguments (Part 3)

Here is my analysis of Chernoff’s first few minutes. It seems chopped up because that is how Chernoff speaks. He darts from phrase to phrase without finishing his thoughts. He doesn’t speak in complete thoughts. He bounces around with his arguments. It is more like a conversation between two people; it is easier to hear than to read because of that. And quite frankly, at many times it is just disjointed. In any event, here is what I got down from him and what I think of it.

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Conrad Murray: Final Argument (Part 2)

The children.

Prosecutor David Walgren employed a clever method of humanizing Michael Jackson by describing the pain of his death through the eyes of his children. I was surprised to see a state prosecutor sophisticated enough to use this angle. I don’t think that Jackson himself would appeal the same to the jurors. While Walgren was able to mount this argument without any objection from Murray’s sleeping legal team it was clearly an improper appeal to the juror’s emotions.

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Conrad Murray: The Final Arguments (Part 1)

There is a lot of material to go through so I am breaking it up into the parts I think important. I am starting right at the beginning with Walgren’s first few minutes. I believe this time is critical to get the jury’s attention and get them motivated.

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Storytelling: Part 2

here is a good lesson detailed by Janet Maslin in her review of “Bed” by David Whitehouse. In the New York Times, Maslin, one of our more perceptive book reviewers, skewers Whitehouse for his inability to write convincing narrative. The book is about an extremely obese man from his younger brother’s point of view. Maslin points out that Whitehorse has a great talent for dazzling description, but almost none for storytelling, and thus the book is largely unsuccessful.

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Vest’s Dog

Vest’s Dog plaqueThe test of a great poet is the ability to craft a delicate sonnet. The structure of a sonnet requires a strict meter and cadence all contained within 14 lines. Great poets are able to construct beautiful images using this form. It reminds me of the final argument. It also is a strict form within which an artist may create beautiful and persuasive images. Unfortunately these artists are few and far between. Today we seemed to have lost the passion to create and perform great arguments.

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Documentaries and Persuasion

PBS recently repeated two episodes of Ken Burns’ epic masterpiece The Civil War, and it motivated me to write this post. I started this blog as a place to put in writing all the crazy ideas that float through my over-active brain. I find if I don’t force myself to write them, I forget all or part of them. Thus, I want to put down ideas like this which I have ruminated about for awhile.

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Rawhide, Reagan and Storytelling

Not long ago I met a former client and some friends for lunch at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The former client regaled the table about her horrible mistreatment by the LAPD and loudly told everyone within earshot that now she got what I told her about Americans losing fifty percent of their […]

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