Friday, April 29, 2011

Summation Seeking Nullification

The Verdict is one of my all time favorite movies. It is based on the book of the same name by Boston lawyer Barry Reed.  I was a young lawyer in Boston when the book was published and followed by the movie's release. This movie has affected me greatly, both personally and professionally.  To complete the circle in the spirit of "it's a small world after all," it was Reed who referred the Woburn leukemia case to Jan Schlictmann. This is the case that was the subject of the book and movie, ACivil Action

The clip below is the summation by plaintiffs' counsel, Frank Galvin.  The judge has instructed the jury to disregard the testimony of the plaintiff's key witness because it should not have been allowed in evidence.  This testimony is, of course, damning to the defendant and eminently credible. Galvin annoints the jury, telling them, "Today, you are the law." Then brilliantly leads the jury well down the path toward nullification without crossing the line.

In the event that this clip ever gets pulled from YouTube, you can also find it at this link. I hope you enjoy it.

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