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 as though repeating it made more true. When it was my turn to cross examine, I wanted to go right back at ’em with a “Punch Them In The Face” killer cross examination. And that is just what I did …
Before he even settled in for my cross examination, I started in about “the magic number.” He seemed startled and caught off guard
Good, I thought. This isn’t going to be some namby-pamby cross examination. This is a killer cross examination.
My questions about “magic number” were direct and a verbal
Punch in the face
Notice how I wasted little time in going after him and his incessant reliance on “quantity.” A Killer Cross Examination can feel like death by a thousand cuts with a slow, methodical destruction and dismantling of the witness or it can be an immediate haymaker, i.e., a punch in the face.