“32” Questions To Get To A False Statement

After the hearing, the prosecutor attempted to pay me a compliment: “I leaned in to tell the OIC that if I were in trouble, I’d hire you.”  I accepted the compliment.  I had just finished cross examining an experienced police officer, on the force for over 15 years and an experienced witness. He was battled […]

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 […]

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 […]

Controlling The Witness | A Key To A Killer Cross Examination

Killer cross examination tips by Neil Rockind, author of killercrossexamination.com — Controlling The Witness Many cross examination experts implore or recommend that lawyers “keep control” of the witness during a cross examination.  Generally speaking, this is true.  Adverse witnesses that testify for the state and government often times want to testify adversely to the accused […]

The Beginning Of A Killer Cross Examination – The Setup

One of the keys of a killer cross examination is to have an idea of what you, the cross examiner, wants to get out of the witness.  Are you looking for testimony that helps build your case?  We call this positive cross examination, i.e., questioning designed to get you information that will affirmatively help prove […]