How To Rattle A Witness While Winning Over The Jury

Law360, New York (February 10, 2015, 5:17 PM EST) -- A superstar trial lawyer knows something other lawyers don't: how to keep the jury wrapped around his or her finger while unraveling the other side's witnesses. To thread the needle of cross-examination and come out gleaming, experts advise keeping your eyes sharp and your tongue dull.

The first thing to know: You need to understand the mentality of both jury and witness.

"Psychologists would probably make better cross-examiners than most lawyers. And the ones who have a knack for those ... skill sets are the ones that are going to do best," said Jason Bonk, a commercial litigation partner at Cozen...

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