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MICHAEL PETERSON GETS A NEW TRIAL

The Staircase Case Not Over Prior post recommended Academy Award recipient and French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s documentary of a murder trial in Durham, North Carolina as an excellent tool for teaching both pretrial and trial techniques. The defendant in this documentary film of a murder trial is Michael Peterson (pictured on right with his [...]

CHANNELING IN CLOSING ARGUMENT

North Carolina ChannelingJOHN EDWARDS CHANNELSGerry Spence is credited with introducing the concept of channeling into closing argument – speaking in the first person as though the lawyer is the injured or deceased person. In his book Four Trials, John Edwards describes how when he was not more than a North Carolina trial lawyer he channeled [...]

THE STAIRCASE MOVIE TEACHES PRETRIAL AND TRIAL ADVOCACY

The Staircase Illustrates Advocacy TechniquesThe Staircase is an excellent tool for teaching pretrial and trial advocacy. French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade made this film after he won an Oscar for Murder on a Sunday Morning, a documentary about a murder in Florida. Murder on a Sunday Morning is about achieving justice and tells a compelling [...]