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Criminal Law: Closing Argument-“Acquittal-First” Argument

Where a defendant convicted of first-degree murder challenged the state’s closing argument, the state’s argument that jurors had to find the defendant not-guilty of first-degree murder before they could reach the lesser-included offenses instructions was an improper acquittal-first argument, but the trial court did not plainly err when it failed to sua sponte intervene to ...

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