Law: They're Playing Up to the Jury

Lawyers are turning to actors to polish their court performances

In the case of People v. Goldilocks, San Francisco Attorney Cherie Harpell had to use ten words or less to convince a jury that a young defendant should be sent to the slammer for breaking into the house of the Three Bears. "Juvenile delinquent caught," she began forcefully. "Rampaged family home," she continued, looking gravely into the eyes of a juror. Then she demanded, "Must pay." The performance was part of an exercise in how to communicate and persuade at a recent workshop run by Applied Theater Techniques, a Los Angeles-based group that teaches acting skills to attorneys.

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