Opening Arguments

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

John Pirich, head of the MSU Trial Advocacy Program, says he tells his students the most important part of a trial is the opening argument. The second most important part is the closing argument.

Pirich says Lisa Holland's defense team wants to remind the jury that the burden of proof is on the prosecution - not the defense.

He says the prosecution wants to lay out all the facts and scenerio as clearly as possible.

He also says while both sides are making their opening arguments, they should keep in mind their closing arguments. That way the lawyers can refer back to earlier statements, driving home the points to the jury the want... and hopefully making their case.


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