Prosecutorial Misconduct in Closing Argument: The Role of Intent in Appellate Review
This article is the first of two articles that discuss the concern of prosecutorial misconduct. This article focuses improper prosecutorial argument in the 1990s. The article examines a California Supreme Court reversal of a murder conviction and death sentence due to misconduct during the prosecutor’s closing argument. The article then discusses forty-five federal appellate court opinions addressing the issue of prosecutorial misconduct.