Fun Friday | Two Excerpts From A Masterpiece Cross Examination Of A Seasoned Cop

In a racketeering and criminal enterprise case involving four (4) top lawyers, it fell upon me to cross examine the cop that was the centerpiece of the state’s case.  I knew that was my purpose in being in the case and I made sure that I rose to the occasion.  The clients and lawyers were […]

Establishing Bias Of An Informant With Active Listening – In The Moment

I’ve always preached that you have to be “in the moment” when cross examining a witness.  While its okay to have notes and an outline, you must listen to the witness in real time and react to what he/she says.  In a recent case in which I cross examined an informant, the witness let slip […]

Punch Them In The Face | Right Back At ‘Em Cross Examination Of An Expert

  He had just finished testifying for the prosecutor, offering an opinion that a certain amount of marijuana was being possessed for sale and delivery purposes rather than for personal consumption.  His reasoning was circular: It was the quantity.  The amount.  Mostly the amount.  What about it? Well, the amount… He continued to repeat that […]

A Look At Attorney James “Jim” Amberg’s Cross Examination Of An Informant

There’s a popular saying about how there are different ways to do something.  For example, there’s more than 1 way to skin a cat. In essence this sayings means that there are different ways to express the same sentiment or thought: different people have different ways to doing the same thing and both ways may […]

Criminal Defense Attorney Rockind’s Cross Examination “Shakes Up” A Cop

Shaken Up.  A cop reported to the officer in charge of a case that my cross examination of him “shook him up.” His description sounded like he had been “hypnotized” in a way. I kid you not! The cross examination really shook me up. This is one of the greatest testaments to my style of […]

Patience, My Friend – How Being Patient, Actively Listening And Cornering A Witness Reveals A Lie

Be patient, son. How many times have I heard that phrase in my life?  How many times have I said that to others?  Many.  Likely too many to recall and too many to count.  Yes, patience is a virtue but I’m not a patient person.  However, a killer cross examination requires patience and more — […]

DUI Cross: The ABC Test Is Ridiculous

For years, police officers have used the “ABC’s” or alphabet test as a means of drunk driving or intoxicated driving detection. Cops can be heard doing the following:  Say the alphabet from A to T or say but don’t sing the alphabet.  There is no science behind this test as a means of detecting drunk […]

Challenge The Interrogator With A Killer Cross Examination

The Reid Method works. The Reid Method is an interrogation technique developed by John Reid, a former polygraph examiner, who devised a system of interrogation that increases the likelihood that a suspect confesses. Unfortunately, like a fisherman using a tightly knitted net, the Reid Method obtains confessions of people who are innocent too. How you […]

A Comment On My Cross Examination Style

Killer Cross Examination.  Yes, that is my style. Not fire breathing. Not screaming. Not pounding the table. Real, methodical, surgical cross examination that points out the lack of candor by a witness.  This is what people think of when they they think of a killer cross examination: This is what a killer cross really looks […]