17 02, 2015

RIGHT AND WRONG WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR WITNESS FOR DEPOSITON

By |February 17th, 2015|Blog, Deposition and Cross, Depositions, Preparation, Witness|0 Comments

This month, the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin published Thomas M. O’Toole’s excellent recommendations on how to prepare a deponent. Mr. O’Toole is the President of Sound Jury Consulting, and his following advice is well worth reading and heeding: The deposition performance of a key witness is critical to the outcome of any case. [...]

13 10, 2013

WHAT’S IN A QUESTION?

By |October 13th, 2013|Aggressive Questioning, Deposition and Cross, Interrogation, Interview, Questions, Tips on Cross|0 Comments

All questions are not created equal. What we are trying to accomplish by questioning determines what questions we ask, and how we ask them. “Have you stopped beating your wife?” is not a question designed to elicit information. Socrates asked questions to make his listeners think, and his methodology led to countless generations of law [...]

20 05, 2011

INTERPLAY BETWEEN TAKING A DEPOSITION AND CROSS-EXAMINATION

By |May 20th, 2011|Bill Gates, Concession-Seeking Cross, David Boies, Deposition and Cross, Storytelling Cross, Tips on Cross, Your Chance to Testify|1 Comment

David Boies on Cross-Examination and Depositions with the Microsoft Antitrust Case Illustration Deposition Purposes and Techniques David Boies’ performance in taking Bill Gates’s deposition in Department of Justice’s Sherman Antitrust case against Microsoft is an excellent illustration of how to focus on the purposes of the deposition and by doing so, select the right techniques. [...]

3 03, 2011

YOU KNOW YOUR CROSS-EXAMINATION WAS EFFECTIVE WHEN . . .

By |March 3rd, 2011|Bench Trial Cross, Books on Cross, Concession-Seeking Cross, Deposition and Cross, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover, Tips on Cross|1 Comment

The Judge Takes Over – Part 2 of Cross-Examination in the Evolution and Creationism Trials This is the second discussion of the Dover trial in which the parents of children in the Dover, Pennsylvania school district sued to prevent the school board from introducing creationism into the curriculum under the guise of intelligent design. For [...]

9 02, 2011

CROSS-EXAMINATIONS IN THE EVOLUTION AND CREATIONISM TRIALS

By |February 9th, 2011|Books on Cross, Concession-Seeking Cross, Cross Handbook, Deposition and Cross, Dover Trial, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover, Scopes Trial, Storytelling Cross, Tips on Cross, Your Chance to Testify|0 Comments

The Scopes and Dover TrialsCross-examination Handbook delves into the Scopes trial, focusing on Clarence Darrow’s examination of adverse witness William Jennings Bryan utilizing the reduction-to-the-absurd technique to defeat him. And, some say that the ordeal contributed to Bryan’s death five days after the trial.While the 1925 Scopes trial involved the prosecution of a football coach [...]

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