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20 01, 2012

ON QUALIFICATION: LINDBERG CASE ILLUSTRATION

By |January 20th, 2012|Art of Listening, Control the Witness, Lindbergh case|1 Comment

Cross-Examining the Witness Who Qualifies the AnswerWe lawyers love to ask yes-no questions on cross-examination. Trial advocacy schools teach us to ask such questions, but witnesses often refuse to give us yes-or-no answers. The witness’s refusal to give us the answer we crave may stem from many reasons. Let us examine three of them: (1) [...]

8 06, 2011

ART OF LISTENING – PART 3

By |June 8th, 2011|Art of Listening, Tips on Cross|1 Comment

Art of Cross-Examination Requires Mastering the Art of ListeningA young man stood trial for grave robbery on the uncorroborated testimony of his former girlfriend. She testified she had met him approximately two weeks before Christmas, and had helped him commit the crime about a week after they met. The defendant’s Mom was listed as a [...]

11 05, 2011

ART OF LISTENING – PART 2

By |May 11th, 2011|Art of Listening, Your Chance to Testify|0 Comments

The Art of Cross-Examination Requires Mastering the Art of ListeningThe case began when a young lady whom we shall call Valerie used her CB radio to arrange a sexual rendezvous with a long distance truck driver. The trucker bragged to the defendant about his rendezvous with Valerie, and the defendant decided he, too, should have [...]

7 04, 2011

ART OF LISTENING

By |April 7th, 2011|Art of Listening, Tips on Cross|1 Comment

The Art of Cross-Examination Requires Active ListeningSherlock Holmes once complained to his colleague, Dr. Watson, that “You see, but you do not observe.” All too often we hear, but we do not listen. Sometimes our preconceptions about what the witness should say prevent us from hearing what the witness actually says. Sometimes we hear on [...]

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