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  • Technically, you cannot object during closing arguments. Although state court customs and laws may vary, a closing argument must be in silence, with full action. However, if a closing argument does tend to go out of hand, action may be taken. Usually, lawyers have to be careful what to say and what not to say during closing arguments.
  • Yes, but there are very narrow grounds for objection. The most common ground is reciting facts not in evidence. The second most common ground is personalizing the case to gain sympathy with the jury (e.g. Telling the jury to imagine themselves in the shoes of the victim). As a practical matter, an attorney will rarely object because it highlights the point that the objection is about. Moreover, you can almost always rephrase something in closing so that it has the same meaning, and is admissible.

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