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 cross examination and it all happened in open court.
What happened? Here is the story:
I mentioned an exchange between a detective and me on Friday during a hearing in court. The detective was caught violating a sequestration order and was under cross examination. The following exchange (being paraphrased here until we get the transcript) occurred:
Q: you spoke with officer [name withheld]?
A: about his testimony, yes. He felt he hadn’t testified well. He felt he was misrepresented.
Q: so he was blaming me and the questions that I asked?
A: not at all. He was blaming himself. He felt like the questions made areas that were black and white grey.
Q: he testified falsely?
A: HE WAS SHAKEN. He said that that the cross animation SHOOK HIM UP.
A: yes. I could tell that he was shaken. He said that the cross examination really shook him up. I said, “you’re normally a very competent witness. What happened?” He said, “I don’t know…”
Q: I want to follow up on this? Like I hypnotized him?
A: Mr. Rockind, you’re a very good lawyer. Your cross examination is really good. If I could, I’d have you teach a class at the police department on cross examination.
While I won’t be teaching the academy or police departments hoe to handle my questioning, I have to admit that it felt good to hear that my years of practice and focus on cross examination paid off.
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