At my job we usually write something like this:

Mr. Smith stated the defendant is welcome to stay at his residence and may receive mail at that address, if necessary. He added he is willing to provide him with transportation to future court proceedings, if needed.

There is only one editor that adds a comma after the word "added" and I believe it is unnecessary.

  • If he is implying a pause, he is free to add a comma there. – Lester Nubla Jan 24 '14 at 8:43
  • I find that it parses more easily with with the addition of "that": "Mr. Smith stated that the ... He added that" – kevin cline Jan 24 '14 at 8:58

A comma? If you were quoting Mr. Smith, a comma would be fine: "Mr. Smith stated, 'The defendant is welcome to stay at my residence'". But since you are paraphrasing Mr. Smith, I would add "that" after "stated" and "added": "Mr. Smith stated that the ... He added that ..."


As full stop is used for a 'pause' in the same way comma is also used for a 'small pause'.

Your expression will be slightly different from what you are saying with and without comma.

So I think comma is OK in this case

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