Thursday, January 20, 2005

You can't wait for the appeal

When there's an error during the trial, you can't always wait for the appeal to fix it. For instance, Division One recently upheld a conviction because of the defendant’s failure to object and request a curative instruction at the time of prosecutor’s improper argument. State v. McKenzie 2005 WL 12020 (Jan. 3, 2005) (unpublished opinion). The case also illustrates some things that a prosecutor can do wrong (expressing opinion as to defendant's guilt and witnesses' credibility and appealing to passion).

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