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Persuasive strategies and closing arguments in a trial setting : a pilot study

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Title: Persuasive strategies and closing arguments in a trial setting : a pilot study
Authors: Geiger, Gloria J.
Keywords: Persuasion (Rhetoric)
Forensic oratory
Summation (Law)
Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: Done through a rhetorical examination of the transcripts of closing arguments from high-profile, criminal jury trials, this was an exploratory study aimed at determining the correlation between persuasive strategy, opposing council, and verdict outcome. For the purposes of this study, persuasive strategy refers a pattern of speech organization used to maximize communication effectiveness.

The findings suggest that persuasive strategy is not a valid determinant of verdict outcome, and that there is no persuasive strategy more successful or persuasive than others. The findings also indicate that trial lawyers tend to use a combination of strategies rather than one single template.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 47-48).
v, 48 leaves, bound ill. 29 cm
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