LINCOLN THE CROSS-EXAMINER

By |December 21st, 2013|Character of the cross-examiiner, Concession-Seeking Cross, Demeanor of Cross-Examiner, Lincoln|1 Comment

The centerpiece of the legend of the Almanac Trial is Lincoln’s cross-examination of the eyewitness to the killing. Was he really a good cross-examiner? Frederick Trevor Hill, who wrote the first book about Lincoln’s law practice seems to have thought so. Hill said:  Cross-examination makes greater demands upon a lawyer than any other phase of trial [...]