Every jury can be divided into Lions and Lambs, and the Lions eat the Lambs. The same adversarial system that forbids the use of a prejudicial pronoun during closing argument is more than willing to lock complete strangers in a windowless room, without bailiff or judge, until they reach a verdict. It is a gilded cage and a juridical Thunder Dome: “Twelve opinions enter, one verdict leaves!” T
Preparing an effective closing argument begins with the realization that your closing argument had better not be the last argument made on behalf of your client. Jurors rarely elect a
foreperson and immediately reach a verdict. It is far more likely your jury will spend hours
“deliberating,” and your verdict will be determined by one persuasive and persistent juror. The
longer the deliberation, the more likely the Lions will devour the Lambs.