Complex Litigation

Guarding Against Improper Argument at Trial: Courts, Counsel Are Instrumental

, New York Law Journal


Complex Litigation columnist Michael Hoenig writes: That courts exercise heightened vigilance in criminal cases when prosecutorial arguments cross the lines of prejudice should not be surprising. The strong court response to inflammatory comments in the recent 'People v. Brisco' criminal case had me wondering whether courts generally tend to exercise the same degree of vigilance and firepower in civil trials. It seems that, while ample lip service is paid by courts to established high-road principles, each case, so to speak, sits on its own bottom and outcomes are not predictable with certainty.

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