Virtual: The Creative Visual Closing Argument

November 16, 2020

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
75-minute presentation includes a Q&A session
CLE: 1.25 Credits

The faculty member will discuss the necessity from the beginning of the case- from charging forward to “always be closing”; to focus on the reasons for imposing a finding of guilt. The attention step, the law, the argument, the exit line, and rebuttal will be discussed. He will focus on the importance of using real, demonstrative, or illustrative evidence in closing arguments to increase the persuasion of prosecution/factual theory to the jurors using presentation software technology. He will demonstrate techniques for audio and video evidence such as 911 calls and audio and video-taped witness statements and confessions. He will provide specific suggestions of important evidence to look for and gather to assist you in recreating the crime scene for the triers of fact. The faculty member will also discuss recent attacks to the admissibility of high-tech visual evidence and offer strategies to avoid or overcome these challenges. The faculty member will also describe techniques to utilize to prevent the technology software from “upstaging” you and how to prepare alternative backup systems. Some issues that will be covered include: the strength of the evidence of guilt, reasonable inferences and drawing upon the evidence presented to make those reasonable inferences which support the State’s theory of the case, addressing any defense mitigating circumstances, and overcoming issues that may give rise to jury nullification.

Pat teaches visual trial techniques all over the country. See his website, for feedback from past presentations  and his book “Visual Litigation: Visual Communication Strategies and Today’s Technology”.

CLE Credit: 1.25 Hours

Presented by:
Patrick Muscat
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division (Homicide, Major Drugs, Shootings Team)
Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.25 hours

This course is pending approval in Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. NDAA will not be applying for CLE credit in the state of Texas. Many states will allow attorneys to receive CLE credit for virtual courses that have been approved in one of these states through reciprocity or self-submission. Please speak with your CLE accrediting body to ensure that they will allow you to self-submit the course for approval if your state is not listed above.

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