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Witness credibility questions on cross-examination

Dan is on trial for murdering Vanessa. Wayne, who is Dan's neighbour, is witness for the prosecution. Dan's lawyer is interested to discredit Wayne's evidence, but has nothing. On cross-examination, ...
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What determines the order in which witnesses testify?

After day 5 of Floyd case, all of the witnesses thus far appear to be from the prosecution. When does the defense call their witnesses? What determines the order in which witnesses appear in court to ...
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Is a lawyer allowed to “rescue” his witness on redirect, and if so, when?

A lawyer puts up an expert witness to testify on a technical matter. The opposition leads him through several questions on "cross," and then concludes with, "So it is possible that X ...
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Are there “eggshell skull” issues involved in lawyering?

There are probably numerous examples, but this is the one I am most familiar with. You are pursuing a lawsuit in which the defendant is 300 pounds, and shows other signs of being prone to a heart ...
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To what extent can you be cross examined for “showing,” rather than “telling” about a crime?

My question was inspired by this question. Suppose I see some "suspicious" activity on a New York City subway. I film this activity and report it to the police. The police decide on the ...
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What are the limits to “cross examination?”

A witness takes the stand, and answers a number of questions about the issue in controversy. Then the opposing side gets to "cross" examine him or her. To what extent is cross examination ...