Transferring The Witness’s Testimony To Your Client, Victor Balta, Esq Of Moss & Colella

As I promised, we would share more than just cross examination excerpts from my (Neil Rockind’s) cases.  Where another lawyer thought that he/she had some interesting cross examination, I would welcome their submission and comment on it.  Victor Balta, a personal injury associate attorney with Moss & Colella, PC, a personal injury and police brutality […]

Attorney Comments On Neil Rockind’s Cross Examination Of A Police Officer In Trial – Calls It “Classic”

UPDATE: the trial at issue resulted in an acquittal for our client:  he was acquitted of all charges, including Aggravated Assault and Assault and Battery.   Here are pictures of the complainant so that the reader can appreciate what we were up against: In a hotly contested Aggravated Assault trial presently underway, veteran trial attorney […]

Textbook Cross Of The Interrogating Detective | Several Lawyers Have Called This Cross “Brilliant” And Insisted On Publication

Sometimes, a cross examination of a witness flows so smoothly, is so powerful and so totally destroys the witness’s testimony that even the opposing side is left in awe.  Most lawyers never accomplish such a cross examination.  Some of the top lawyers, experience this feat several times.  The best of the best know this feeling […]

Creating Something From Nothing | Killer Cross Examination

It happens many times.  I sit down and start reading through police reports in the case and the case looks bleak or there appear to be too few issues for us to challenge.  I look at the case from different angles and perspectives and still see very little.  This has happened to every lawyer.  Some […]

Answer The Question

It has been too long since my last installment of killercrossexamination. I’m sorry about that. Lot’s going on…new website (www.rockindlaw.com), new award (Leader in the Law), television appearances (WDIV), etc.  Still, there is no excuse for not writing about my passion – great cross examination.  So here is a short but fun piece on “getting […]

Catching A Snitch (Jailhouse Informant) In A Lie

Jailjouse informants.  Every criminal defense lawyer in a major case in which his/her client is in custody in jail fears one of these low-lifes coming out of the woodwork.  These informants seek favor from the police and government by offering testimony against someone with a case pending.  They are sketchy, unreliable and unfortunately, dangerous witnesses. […]

Straight Answers — The Line That Helped A Great Personal Injury Lawyer Depose A Tough Doctor

“Are you going to give me straight answers?”  A rather simple question, right?   Opposing experts in civil and criminal cases often do anything but give straight answers.  Long, twisted, curvy and evasive answers are what experts typically give to lawyers cross examining them.  How to tackle the problem?  A colleague of mine, Vince Colella […]

The Case Of The Illegible Handwriting – A Killer Cross Examination That Resurrected An Under Advisement Sentence For A Client

Read the story and excerpts about how we saved a young man from a probation violation and got a judge to give him an under advisement plea, i.e., MCL 333.7411, after she had originally denied it.  A killer cross examination saved the day.  Here’s the story: A young man who chose to handle his case […]

A Study About Cross Examination – Cross Can Impact Jurors

How do leading cross-examination questions influence jurors’ perceptions of experts? Because of the nearly unrestricted use of leading questions, cross-examination provides opportunity to influence jurors through questions designed to impart information to the jury. Kassin and colleagues (1990) tested whether jurors’ perceptions of an expert witness can be influenced by leading cross-examination questions. Jurors heard […]

An Excerpt Of A Cross Examination Of A Witness Cooperating With The Prosecution

The cooperating witness has many names:  cooperator, informer, snitch, turncoat, benedict arnold, betrayer, etc.  Many lawyers are afraid to confront the cooperating witness.  A killer cross examination is necessary to undermine the reliability of the witness and at the same time, undermine the prosecution’s case. A young lady referred to two local judges in a […]