MACON — An effective closing argument can seal a defendant’s fate and a Mercer lecture series will offer a chance to review the prosecutions’ arguments in two high profile cases: the trials of Charles Manson and O.J. Simpson. Former district attorney Charles H. Weston Sr., now a senior lecturer in Criminal Justice at Mercer University, will present “Trials of the Century,” two lectures on his interpretation and representation of the prosecution’s closing arguments in each case.
The first presentation, which will be on the trial of mass murderer Charles Manson, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The second, focusing on the trial of National Football League great O.J. Simpson who was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Both lectures will be held in Room 110 of the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus.
Both events are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by Alpha Kappa Delta and Mercer’s William Fielding Ogburn Department of Sociology.
Weston has spent more three decades as a prosecutor before accepting an appointment to lecture in criminal justice at his alma mater. A graduate of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and the Walter F. George School of Law, Weston spent his entire 31-year career as a prosecutor. He got his start as an assistant district attorney in the Macon Judicial Circuit of the state court system and worked his way up to chief assistant prosecutor before winning election as the chief prosecutor for the Macon Judicial Circuit, a position he held for seven years. Upon his retirement, he was appointed prosecutor emeritus and spent three years traveling the state working as a special prosecutor.
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