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If James Earl Jones were a trial lawyer

Dec 09, 2008 If James Earl Jones were a trial lawyer

Well before he gave voice to Darth Vader, James Earle Jones paid homage to children with two incredible performances, one of the alphabet and the other of the first ten numbers, on Sesame Street.

Jones is so captivating an actor and speaker that he entertains fully when doing nothing more than the alphabet. That is a gift that would serve him well as a trial lawyer.

Many people have voices that would get them kicked off any screen test. That does not prevent them from spinning magic in the courtroom by offsetting ordinary or otherwise annoying voices with realness, passion and caring. In any event, if the speaker does not enunciate well enough, the message to the judge and jury will be weakened.

"Luke, I am your father, with a vital message: A, B, C, D…"

Jon Katz.

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