Questioning Witnesses, Cross

Ways to control a difficult witness

Ways to control a difficult witness

Time: 10:38 When the witness wants to work against you: Repeat, refocus, confront and other techniques available to rein in a difficult witness on cross examination..

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Communicate to the jury indirectly with leading questions

Communicate to the jury indirectly with leading questions

Time: 19:40 Letting the jury know the other side: Leading questions, ensuring the response we want, dealing with the uncooperative witness..

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Keep a hostile witness on track

Keep a hostile witness on track

Time 9:08 Make sure the witness answers the questions asked: Mechanics, yes/no answers, judge intercession, gestures and body language, incrementalizing..

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Keep the witness from fudging the facts

Keep the witness from fudging the facts

Time: 10:41 Keep Your Cool & Use Technique. Stay calm and professional, ask and re-ask if necessary short, one-fact questions, use documents for witness control..

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Form questions to emphasize your points

Form questions to emphasize your points

Time: 21:52 Listen carefully to avoid allowing the witness to duck the point: Using precise questions, sticking to known facts, hearing non-answers and drawing out the points to make them self evident..

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Set up carefully to get a concession from the witness

Set up carefully to get a concession from the witness

Time: 11:32 Setting up a Dramatic Shift: Carefully building fact-by-fact, the set-up, avoiding diversionary tactics, creating a "Dragnet" moment..

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Use of "color words" during cross

Use of "color words" during cross

Time: 7:49 Be careful not to give the witness an "out": Increasing the odds that color words will be accepted, having an alternative word at the ready..

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Enhance cross by writing and redefining

Enhance cross by writing and redefining

Time: 17:20 Important tactics: show it visually and turn your opponent's point orally: Creating flip charts to help persuade; turning an adversary's points on them..

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Overview of impeachment methods

Overview of impeachment methods

Time: 12:49 Making the Decision to Impeach a Witness at Trial: Select only important points for your impeachment, be sure to set them in context, and then cleanly lay out the inconsistency...

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Impeachment with a prior inconsistent statement

Impeachment with a prior inconsistent statement

Time: 14:29 First, get commitment to statement now; then show prior statement: Use a prior oral statement, informal written statement, deposition paper transcript, or deposition video to impeach a contrary statement at trial..

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Impeachment with an omission in a prior statement

Impeachment with an omission in a prior statement

Time: 8:17 Take your time to make the omission clear: Use the three elements -- commitment, skepticism, and crediting the prior statement -- to take full advantage when the trial testimony goes farther than the deposition..

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