Avoiding the Wrecking Ball of a Disastrous Cross Examination: Nine Principles for Effective Cross Examinations with Supporting Empirical Evidence

27 Pages Posted: 7 May 2018 Last revised: 4 Feb 2019

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Harry M. Caldwell

Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law

Deanne Elliot

Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Effective cross-examinations share the following three hallmarks: they recognize and strive only for realistic goals, they maintain witness control, and they cultivate and maintain rapport with the jurors. This article posits nine principles central to achieving these three overarching goals. Each goal is supported by empirical research and each principle is examined and illustrated.

Keywords: cross Examination, empirical evidence, evidence, witness, juror, jury

Suggested Citation

Caldwell, Harry M. and Elliot, Deanne, Avoiding the Wrecking Ball of a Disastrous Cross Examination: Nine Principles for Effective Cross Examinations with Supporting Empirical Evidence (2018). 70 South Carolina Law Review 119, Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018/7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168777

Harry M. Caldwell (Contact Author)

Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law ( email )

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Deanne Elliot

Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law ( email )

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States

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