Took a shot at which forum to put this and here we are. Most people get their taste of lawyering from TV and movies. We always see the very dramatic closing arguments. The prosecutor will give a very clear and concise speech and you think the defendant is buried. Then the defense gets up and has the jury nodding or crying and eating out of his hand within 30 seconds.
Now flip over to reality. In most big trials closing arguments can take a couple of days or more for each side. Each side goes over every aspect of the testimony in exacting detail. My question to the lawyers is this: is this a good strategy? Don’t you risk losing the jury because you are boring them with facts that they have already heard? I’m sure there are reasons for this but it seems redudant to me. Wouldn’t it be better if you do your best Paul Newman impression and win over the jury? Any trial lawyers please share your tactics with us.