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RIGHT AND WRONG WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR WITNESS FOR DEPOSITON

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. [...]

WHAT’S IN A QUESTION?

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 [...]

INTERPLAY BETWEEN TAKING A DEPOSITION AND CROSS-EXAMINATION

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

CROSS-EXAMINATIONS IN THE EVOLUTION AND CREATIONISM TRIALS

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 [...]