What can a Prosecutor argue with the word “reasonable”: People v. Ramirez

What can a Prosecutor argue with the word “reasonable”: People v. Ramirez

In trial on a criminal cases, the burden of proof on the People is obviously proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In trials, sometimes the People can slip into arguing not to buy the defense because it’s not reasonable…and that the only reasonable conclusion is a guilty verdict. Well, this December 17, 2019 decision┬áPeople v. Ramirez* discusses how to argue and walk this line. Because sometimes making that argument is Prosecutor...

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Prosecutor threatening Defendant with perjury for testifying…is that improper?

Prosecutor threatening Defendant with perjury for testifying…is that improper?

This 8/29/19 decision People v. Force* is another reminder of how important the Prosecutor’s job is to put on a fair trial. In fact, before getting to any of the facts and legal analysis, the authoring Judge (who is also presiding) opens with the “one absolute requirement” in a criminal trial: “the accused must receive a fair trial.” “It’s not about convictions, it’s not about courtroom mastery,...

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