23 | Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Undefinition - By Craig Jett
27 | The Current Legal Landscape of the U.S. Government’s Bulk Collection of Telephone Record Metadata, August 2014 - By Mick Mickelsen
29 | Literature as a Portal into Human Nature for the Defender - By Ed & Sara Stapleton
We were trying to pick a jury. The client was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child. The judge was good enough to give each side an hour and a half for voir dire. The prosecutor started her voir dire by telling the jurors how smart she was and that her favorite police show was NCIS.
After the catastrophe of 9/11, the United States government launched a number of counterterrorism measures, including a program of bulk collection of telephone record metadata.
Lawyers seem to agree that a knowledge of human nature helps in the defense of a criminal case. For example, Leonard E. Davies in his book, Anatomy of Cross- Examination: A History and the Techniques of an Ancient Art, emphasizes “a keen understanding of human nature” as the basis for effective cross-examination. Davies at 285.
Believe it or not, a successful cross-examination begins when clients first hire us as their attorney. First, we should listen carefully to the client, get their full story, and start right then preparing them for their ultimate cross-examination (i.e., assuming they will take the stand).