91) A woman witness is ofttimes death to the cross-examiner
need not possess the knowledge and apply the skill it takes to do the expert's work on the ground.
The jury might think the cross-examiner
is trying to hogtie the defendant and obstruct the telling of the full story.
The most feared cross-examiner
of his generation, he was famous for his role in some of the most memorable libel cases of the end of the 20th century, including the defence of Mohamed Al Fayed in the Neil Hamilton libel case.
By carefully constructing questions, then intently listening to the witness's answer, the great cross-examiner
can use that answer to lead the witness to give testimony favorable to the client's case.
An unprepared witness may select the second option, permitting the cross-examiner
to demonstrate the bias in a way that will leave a lasting impression on the jury.
Do not be too flexible, especially when the cross-examiner
is asking "if it is possible.
must understand the foundation that the expert has or should have available to the development of the opinion and the validity of the expert's interpretation of the evidence.
He was one of those few barristers in Cardiff who, although excellent prosecutors and cross-examiners
, made the civil law their field of regular practice.
Testimony by the victim's boyfriend--that it was too dark to see anything beyond the assailant's facial hair--was brushed aside by cross-examiners
, who bullied him into identifying McMillan in court.
Williams disdained cross-examiners
he called "truth-seekers--they just shake the Christmas tree and hope something good falls off.
The best cross-examiners
employ a range of demeanors--self-deprecating and understated, courteous and professional, firm and aggressive, and sarcastic.