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COLD READING TECHNIQUE FOR CROSS-EXAMINATION

Years ago a friend of mine asked me (Bob Dekle) to watch a late night television show with him. In the show, a psychic summoned dead relatives from beyond the pale to talk to his guests. The show began with some appropriate music, a video of stars swirling in the galaxy, and a voice-over talking [...]

SANDUSKY TRIAL: ASKING THE “WHY” QUESTION ON CROSS

Cross-Examination of the Last Defense Witness - Dottie SanduskyToday, the defense rested without calling the defendant Jerry Sandusky in what has been described as the “child-sex scandal that rocks Penn State.” So, let’s take a look at the cross of the defense’s last witness – the devoted wife Dorothy “Dottie” Sandusky.Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan didn’t heed [...]

CROSS-EXAMINATION SKILLS FOR CRIMINAL CASES

Learning Cross-Examination Techniques for Criminal Cases Through ExperienceOf course the best way to learn how to cross-examine in criminal cases is to be either a prosecutor or criminal defense counsel and try a lot of cases. It is not unusual for defense counsel or a deputy prosecutor to learn by trial and error in trial. [...]