“Topsy-turvy” world

April 19, 2012

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110 Criminal LawMere fact that prosecutor employed rhetorical device of incorporating literary theme into his closing argument did not render his remarks improper, in homicide prosecution; through his literary allusions to Lewis Carroll’s “topsy-turvy” imaginary worlds, in which the irrational prevailed over the logical, prosecutor argued in effect that for jury to believe defense witnesses, it would have to suspend logic and ignore weight of evidence, and this was mere rhetorical flourish, not improper argument.
State v. Thompson, 832 A.2d 626 (Conn. 2003)
Suggested by John Wesley Hall, Attorney; John Wesley Hall Jr. PC; Author, Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice; Little Rock, AR