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KNOWING WHEN TO BREAK THE RULES OF CROSS-EXAMINATION

A Shot-in-the-Dark You could call it a locked-room murder but not a locked-room mystery. The murderers were locked in the room with their victim. Two inmates contrived to get themselves locked into the same cell with another inmate and proceeded to strangle him with a garrote. When a correctional officer came down the row of [...]

NEW VISUAL PERSUASION BOOK – SHOW THE STORY – AND CROSS-EXAMINATION

Give Punch to Impeachment with VisualsOur co-author Bill Bailey and his brother Robert have just had their book SHOW THE STORY: The Power of Visual Advocacy published by Trial Guides. This is the quintessential trial advocacy guidebook on how to bring the trial story alive in the courtroom through visuals.This includes cross-examination. One example of [...]

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. [...]

THE VELVET HAMMER DUELS WITH AN EXPERT WITNESS

Karen Koehler Cross-Examines an ExpertKaren Koehler, known by her adversaries as the “Velvet Hammer,” is a trial lawyer with Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington Law School, a prolific writer and a guest columnist here. What follows is her insightful trial report on her cross-examination of a defense vocational [...]

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 [...]