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14 05, 2013

3rd ROOKIE MISTAKE OF CROSS-EXAMINATION: REPEATING THE DIRECT

By |May 14th, 2013|Don'ts for Cross-Examination, Irving Younger, Rookie Mistakes, Tips on Cross, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire trial|0 Comments

Irving Younger’s 7th CommandmentIt is probably the most common rookie mistake - the cross-examiner has the witness repeat their direct examination. Question: “On direct examination you told this jury that . . .” The error is grievous. It violates Irving Younger’s 7th commandment: “Don't allow the witness to repeat his direct testimony.” Younger’s commandment directs [...]

27 12, 2011

TRIANGLE FIRE VERDICT’S 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

By |December 27th, 2011|Max Steuer, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire trial|0 Comments

Acquittal of Owners on December 27, 1911A hundred years ago today after four ballots, the jury acquitted Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, owners of the Triangle Waist Company, of manslaughter. To convict the owners of manslaughter the jury would have had to find that the owners knew the door to the ninth-floor door was locked [...]

24 03, 2011

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE

By |March 24th, 2011|Max Steuer, Tips on Cross, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire trial|0 Comments

The Tragic Disaster, the Labor Advancements and a Cross-Examination Tomorrow, Friday March 25, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the worst disaster in New York before 9/11. On March 21, 1911, in Manhattan a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Triangle Waist Company, New York’s largest blouse factory. 146 garment workers died, [...]

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