What are some samples of closing statements?


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As of December 2015, the Law Office of Steve Graham, the Clark County Law Foundation, and Miller & Zois, LLC, provide samples of closing statements on their websites. The Law Office of Steve Graham presents mock trail closing statements for both defense and prosecution in assault, burglary and murder cases. In the assault case, the defendant claims self-defense. The burglary case involves a question of mistaken identity, while the murder case sample features an insanity defense.

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The Clark County Law Foundation website publishes a manual concerning opening and closing statements on its Trial by Peers page. The PDF document offers brief, general prosecution and defense closing statements. Additionally, the manual gives advice for the preparation of statements, including how to identify key issues, address witness statements, handle physical evidence, respond to claims from the opposition and discuss the burden of proof.

The website of Miller & Zois has sample closing arguments for several actual personal injury cases. One statement is for a wrongful death case with a jury award of $8 million. Both plaintiff and defense closings appear for several cases involving automobile accidents, including herniated disc liability and brain injury cases.

As of December 2015, the site for Miller & Zois, LLC, features a link to a sample PowerPoint closing. The law office also offers advice concerning writing good closing statements, such as what information writers should include and what type of language to use.

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