language to be deleted (2) new language
CHAPTER 72-S.F.No. 198 An act relating to criminal procedure; specifying that the prosecution has the right to reply in rebuttal to the closing argument of the defense; amending Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 631.07. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 631.07, is amended to read: 631.07 [ORDER OF FINAL ARGUMENT.] When the giving of evidence is concluded in a criminal trial, unless the case is submitted on both sides without argument, the prosecution may make a closing argument to the jury. The defense may then make its closing argument to the jury.
The court shall permit the prosecution to reply in rebuttal, which shall be limited to a response to any misstatement of law or fact or a statement that is inflammatory or prejudicial made by the defense in its closing argument.The prosecution shall then have the right to reply in rebuttal to the closing argument of the defense. Sec. 2. [RULE SUPERSEDED.] Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, rule 26.03, subdivision 11, is superseded to the extent it conflicts with section 1. Sec. 3. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Sections 1 and 2 are effective August 1, 1999, and apply to crimes committed on or after that date. Presented to the governor April 16, 1999 Signed by the governor April 20, 1999, 9:12 a.m.