Most jurors don’t know what a deposition is or the significance and implications of giving sworn testimony. Lawyers who simply try to impeach the witness by referring to and then reading from a page and line in the transcript are missing a golden opportunity to destroy the witness on cross.
In this video I share a great way use prior sworn deposition testimony to impeach the witness on cross. At the same time, I’m teaching the jury all about the significance of depositions. I’d like to know your thoughts so please share your comments!
Many expert witnesses base their opinions on information provided to them by opposing counsel during the pre-trial process. I’m referencing things like accident or incident reports, autopsy reports, medical reports, photographs, and test results. Despite this common fact, almost all lawyers fail to capitalize on the inherent issues that exist when this happens.
In this video I share a powerful technique (and two questions) that allow me to neutralize, and in some cases completely destroy—in a professional and polite way– the other party’s expert when this happens. The video is a tad long but if you “get it”, this approach can be a deal changer!
The two key cross-examination questions I’m talking about are disclosed about half-way through the video. I also share specific details and examples in the last one-third or so of the video. Make sure to watch the entire video!
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Important Note: I don’t wear a purple jacket, light purple shirt and purple tie when trying cases (or any other time for that matter). The dark blue jacket, white shirt and light blue tie mysteriously changed colors during the video production editing. Just wanted to make sure you didn’t show up in court looking like the Joker in Batman’s “The Dark Knight”.