The 5 Worst Things To Do On Cross-Exam

By Jimmy Hoover (October 2, 2015, 6:33 PM EDT) -- Stifling a witness during cross-examination or losing control of the exchange are common pitfalls that can jeopardize what is widely considered one of the most important moments of any jury trial, seasoned attorneys say.

Cross-examination can be one way to damage the credibility of opposing counsels' witnesses, but attorneys can botch that opportunity by bullying witnesses on the stand, ignoring their answers and displaying other behavior that alienates the jury.

Instead, attorneys should be respectful yet confident, according to Stephanie Parker, a partner in Jones Day's Atlanta office. Though it's a difficult balance to strike, Parker said, the payoff for keeping...

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