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Criminal Practice – U.S. can’t offer rebuttal after waiving initial closing argument (access required)

Where the government opted to not make an initial closing argument, it should not have been allowed to make a rebuttal closing argument after the defendant’s closing. But because the defendant did not show he was prejudiced by the altered order he was not entitled to a retrial. Background A jury found David William Smith guilty of ...

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