Cross examination

Can a Lawyer Win Every Case?

Can a Lawyer Win Every Case?

Every case can be won. But how? I’m not saying that I win every case, or that any lawyer wins...

State v. Pradubsri – cross-examining the snitch as to charges, potential sentences, and plea-bargaining

State v. Pradubsri – cross-examining the snitch as to charges, potential sentences, and plea-bargaining

In State v. Pradubsri, decided May 1, 2013, the S.C. Court of Appeals re-affirmed that a defendant must be permitted...

State v. Black – impeachment of witness by remote manslaughter conviction improper

State v. Black – impeachment of witness by remote manslaughter conviction improper

In State v. Black, decided October 3, 2012, the S.C. Court of Appeals held that impeachment of the defense’s only...

Win Your Case

Win Your Case

In Win Your Case, Gerry Spence describes his approach to trying cases, and essentially lays out the method that is...

U.S. v. Sowards – visual estimate of speed does not  justify traffic stop

U.S. v. Sowards – visual estimate of speed does not justify traffic stop

In U.S. v. Soward, decided yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a deputy’s bullshit claims that he...

Cross-Examination: Science & Techniques

Cross-Examination: Science & Techniques

This book, by Larry Pozner and Roger Dodd, was the first law-book that I bought after I graduated law school. ...

Snarky

Snarky

In a recent trial I subpoenaed an assistant solicitor to testify; why doesn’t matter.  While we were proffering the assistant...

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

“Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth!”  My son is four years old now, soon to be...

Invent, disrupt, inspire

Invent, disrupt, inspire

“Invent, disrupt, inspire” – Paul Luvera comments on this motto of a research company: One speaker ran a research company...

Stop, pick a juror

Stop, pick a juror

Last week I was working on preparing a client (lets call her “Witness”) for cross-examination, and I explained how police...