Category Archives: Closing Arguments

Great Quotes for Closing Arguments

“The right to sue and defend in the courts is the alternative of force. In an organized society it is the right conservative of all other rights, and lies at the foundation of orderly government.” -William H. Moody

“The law is the witness and external deposit of our moral life.  Its history is the history of the moral development of the race.”  -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“No better instrument has been devised for arriving at truth than to give a person in jeopardy of serious loss notice of the case against him and opportunity to meet it.”  -Felix Frankfurter

“Justice is the great interest of man on Earth.  It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.”  -Daniel Webster

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there’s a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” – former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” – Inauguration Speech by Nelson Mandela

“…the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Great Closing Arguments: Clarence Darrow

One of America’s greatest trial attorneys was Clarence Darrow.  And his 7-hour closing argument in the case of Henry Sweet (tried before future SCOTUS Justice Frank Murphy)  is seen as a landmark in the Civil Rights movement, and was included in the book ‘Speeches that Changed the World,’ according to Wikipedia.

Read Darrow’s masterpiece here.

Great Closing Arguments: Justice Robert H. Jackson

Justice Robert H. Jackson, the chief United States prosecutor, delivered his closing argument to the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at Nuremberg on July 26, 1946:

Great Closing Arguments: Johnny Cochran

Here’s Johnny Cochran in the famed O.J. Simpson murder trial: