xvi, 176 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Impeachment of witnesses is "an alien, mystifying, and obtuse area of the law," write the authors of MacCarthy on Impeachment. While there are many books on evidence and trial advocacy, there is very little written specifically on impeachment. For the trial lawyer and judge, it is one of the most confusing and misunderstood parts of the trial. Just as cross examination is the most difficult of trial skills, impeachment, usually a part of cross examination, is the most difficult of the difficult. Many, if not most, trial lawyers do not know what they can or cannot do to impeach. Most importantly, they do not know how to do what they can do. MacCarthy on Impeachment offers trial lawyers "weapons of mass destruction." This book reveals those "weapons" and offers instruction on how to use them." -Publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Ways to impeach Impeachment with inconsistent statements Contradictions Motivation Truthfulness Convictions What the witness could have done but did not do Capacity FRE 404(b) Habit Writing to refresh memory An opposing party's statement Hearsay declarant Impeachment of a character witness Sex offense or sexual assault cases Expert's resume Learned treatises MacCarthy's rules of trial advocacy.
KF8950 .M33 2016
Chicago, Illinois : American Bar Association, Section of Litigation,