In Monster by Walter Dean Myers, what does Briggs say exactly in his closing argument?
Briggs begins his closing arguments by telling the jury to dismiss Richard "Bobo" Evans's testimony because he was simply attempting to receive a lighter sentence. Briggs mentions that Bobo's self-serving nature should be taken into account before the jury believes his testimony. Briggs argues that Bobo blamed King for the murder as a way to avoid a longer sentence. Briggs then mentions that the State did not produce one witness to the murder, and Miss Henry was only given a handful of photos to identify the man in the store. Briggs then encourages the jury to believe Mrs. Moore's testimony because he feels that she is a reliable witness. Briggs ends his closing arguments by telling the jury that they should look no further than Bobo and Osvaldo Cruz, who have both admitted to participating in the crime. Briggs tells the jury that both of the State's witnesses are criminals and their testimonies are questionable. He urges the jury to consider Bobo and Cruz's motivation for accusing James King of the murder and hopes that they will find his client not guilty.
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Briggs states that the State failed to bring forward any witnesses to the actual murder itself. Instead, they were only able to produce Miss Henry who failed to identify King from mug shots. It was only when she picked him out from a line-up that she was able to recognize him.
Briggs also states that Mr. Evans, in order to make a deal, had to place the blame on someone and choose King. Briggs goes on to say that Mrs. Moore is not a reliable witness because she is related to King and would, therefore, lie for him. Briggs then states that Cruz is simply trying to get himself away from the trial and persons involved.
In the end, Briggs states that the prosecution has provided no reliable evidence against King and that he should, therefore, be found not guilty.