houstonyoureaproblem t1_j9qp5p0 wrote

Yes, I too am shocked that the prosecutor people are complaining didn’t do his job said that he did, in fact, do his job.

There’s no point in wasting time explaining the obvious ways he could’ve been charged to you. Based on my own personal experience, anyone with a legal background claiming he couldn’t have been charged is either lying or being deliberately ignorant. Feel free to choose your own adventure.


houstonyoureaproblem t1_iu076hy wrote

Typically speaking, cross examination is an effort to develop testimony that supports your theory of the case or makes specific points you believe are important.

The idea is to ask specific questions that you know the witness will have to answer a particular way. Leading questions allow you to guide the witness where you want to go. Direct questions are open-ended and often allow the witness to explain things in greater detail.

It's all strategy, but I can assure you asking direct questions on cross-examination isn't a good approach. But you're absolutely right--Rule #1 is to be sure not to ask questions if you don't already know how the witness will answer.


houstonyoureaproblem t1_itvi878 wrote

I’m an attorney, and I deal with it all the time.

The rules on leading are incredibly relaxed in state court proceedings, likely because many people don’t really understand the rule. But it’s a different story in federal court. I’ve seen judges end direct examination by federal prosecutors when they continued to ask leading questions over objection.


houstonyoureaproblem t1_itvdxro wrote


You’re correct that cross examination questions have to be within the scope of the topics discussed on direct examination.

I was taking about the form of the question. Many people including a number of attorneys don’t understand the difference between cross and direct. On direct, questions like my second example are prohibited because they lead to a specific answer. Those kinds of questions are only permitted on cross.


houstonyoureaproblem t1_isw03br wrote

Not so sure about hospitals, but I do think we'd see some benefit if nutrition information was broadcast through social media. People need that information drilled into their brains for it to have any chance of changing behavior.