New Trial As a Result of Inflammatory Closing Argument

In this case, the defendant made a closing argument to the jury that shifted the focus of the case from compensating the plaintiff to punishing the defendant, “to make the defendant care, ‘take responsibility,’ or say it was sorry.”  The appellate court reversed, holding, “The closing argument was designed to inflame the emotions of the jury rather than prompt a logical analysis of the evidence in light of the applicable law.”

Hill v. New Horizons Of The Treasure Coast, Inc., 39 Fla. L. Weekly D2311a (Fla 4th DCA Nov. 5, 2014).