“If you were the one being asked to pull the plug on your loved one’s life, you’d want to get a second opinion before pulling the plug, wouldn’t you?

Refer to the witnesses as the doctors who are telling you that you need to unplug your loved one from life support. Point out all of the inconsistencies and contradictions. Write them down on a flip chart for the jury to see. Then ask the rhetorical question, “In light of all of these inconsistencies and if you were the one being asked to pull the plug on your loved one’s life, you’d want to get a second opinion before pulling the plug, wouldn’t you?” Since reasonable doubt is such a doubt as would cause a prudent person to hesitate before acting in matters of importance to themselves, wanting a second medical opinion before deciding to pull the plug is reasonable and prudent. Then tell them: “That is reasonable doubt. The State hasn’t proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt and you must acquit.”

Bradt, L. and Grubbs, B. (2018). Check That Parachute! Suggestions for Voir Dire on Reasonable Doubt. [online] VoiceForTheDefenseOnline.com. Available at: http://www.voiceforthedefenseonline.com/story/check-parachute-suggestions-voir-dire-reasonable-doubt [Accessed 14 Oct. 2018].