"Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury,"
Gwen began with her closing argument as one of the partners in the firm listened. "I am asking you, the jury, a fusion of intellects to make an intelligent decision. I am asking you to look at no more than what has been presented to you. The facts. That is all I am asking you to look at. Actually,"
"let us all look at the facts in this case. Is Mr. Rowlings here in court today? Yes he is. Did Mr. Rowlings turn himself in to the LAPD under his own free will after seeing a wanted poster with his face on it? Yes he did. Was Mr. Rowlings arrested as a result of turning himself in? Yes he was. Has Mr. Rowlings sat in a jail cell for the past five months and on occasion received cruel and unusual treatment for the alleged crime of rape? Yes he has. Does Mr. Rowlings have a prior arrest record? No, he does not. In fact,"
Gwen emphasized, "Mr. Rowlings was awarded the Father of the Year Award just two months before this trial began. He was also awarded Coach of the Year by the Los Angeles Youth Football Program one month before this trial began. Furthermore Mr. Rowlings has not missed a day of work in the last nine years. Now, let us get back to the facts of this case. Over the past four months, has the prosecution's story changed? Yes it has. Did they tell you that they had to send LAPD out to get Mr. Rowlings because he refused to cooperate, and then change their story to fit their situation? Yes they did. Has the prosecution arrested any other suspects in this case? No, they have not. Do they have any other suspects in this case? No, they do not.
They arrested Mr. Rowlings because he supposedly matched an eyewitness' statement of the suspect, but where is their eyewitness? Has the rape victim accused my client? No, she has not. In fact, because that is what we are talking about, she never saw her attacker. She never even heard his voice. All she saw was a Swatch watch. Ladies and Gentlemen, not to divulge my client's financial situation, but my client does have a six - figure income, why would he wear a Swatch watch? Now, I asked you to look at all the facts, and none will be more conclusive than this fact. Did the prosecution find a discoloration on the victims clothing? Yes they did. Was it semen? Yes it was.
Did the prosecution receive a compliant sample of my client's semen to run tests to find a conclusive match? Yes they did. Did they find a conclusive match? No, they did not. Is my client guilty? No, he is not. Ladies and gentlemen, I asked you to look at the facts because the facts don't lie. The fact of the matter is, the verdict to be rendered by this jury must be based on just that, the facts. And the punishment and compensation for the disruption of my client's life should be awarded accordingly. Thank you."
"Ms. Matthews, I got a call from the court building that said you were superb in court today,"
Mr. Cochran told Gwen as she returned to the office from the court building.
"How did you ever get the jury to award three million dollars in damages?"
"Thank you Mr. Cochran," Gwen said with confusion while wondering who could have translated the information. "I got them to look at the facts."
"You know Ms. Matthews, the fact is,
" Mr. Cochran said jokingly, "I am going to be offering a position of Associate Partner soon. Keep up the good work and who knows."
"That's good to know Mr. Cochran, and you can rest assure that I will continue to do better than my best for the firm Sir."