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EMPOWERING THE JURY TO ACT AS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE COMMUNITY

EMPOWERING THE JURY TO ACT AS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE COMMUNITY

INTRODUCTION We know research has shown the majority of  jurors want to feel their verdict is a “meaningful verdict.” That means a verdict which they will be proud of when they go home. They also want to do “the right thing” and be involved in a trial that has importance, so their time spent was not wasted. We should address these motivations in argument by making the case more important than simply resolving the issues involving the two sides in the trial….

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GERRY SPENCE DAMAGE ARGUMENT IN A BIRTH INJURY CASE

GERRY SPENCE DAMAGE ARGUMENT IN A BIRTH INJURY CASE

I’ve previously quoted from a jury argument Gerry Spence made in the trial of Hunter vs Lewis which took place in Utah in 1982. https://plaintifftriallawyertips.com/excerpts-from-gerry-spence-argument-in-hunter-v-lewis-malpractice-case The case involved a birth injury to a child. Here are some additional excerpts of his argument relating to money: I haven’t made your job easy. I’ve asked for $40 million dollars. People have said, “how could you ask for $40 million?” Some people are aghast, some even outraged, some have tried to shame me,…

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EXCERPTS FROM GERRY SPENCE ARGUMENT IN HUNTER v LEWIS MALPRACTICE CASE

EXCERPTS FROM GERRY SPENCE ARGUMENT IN HUNTER v LEWIS MALPRACTICE CASE

In 1982 Gerry Spence tried a case in Provo Utah, Hunter v. Lewis. The transcript of his opening summation has examples of persuasive ideas worth reviewing. Here are a few of them: “Now, in a little while the case of Joshua Hunter is going to be in your hands. And there’s something, however, that I want to say to you about that that’s important for you to understand; and that is: that each one of us are human beings, just…

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