4 12, 2013


By |December 4th, 2013|Don'ts for Cross-Examination, Redirect Examination|25,640 Comments

There’s an old saying that cross-examination is more often suicidal than homicidal. The saying refers to the fact that many lawyers do irreparable harm to their cases by conducting an inept cross-examination. Sometimes the witness will commit suicide by blurting out things far better left unblurted. When this happens, the cross-examiner should abandon the role [...]

1 12, 2012


By |December 1st, 2012|Beyond the Scope, Humor, Redirect Examination|0 Comments

One of the ironies of being a public defender is that the public defender is often the last person to stand trial in a serious case. The process of putting the public defender on trial goes something like this: Stage 1: The defendant stands trial and gets convicted. Stage 2: The defendant receives a whopping [...]

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