The Tell-Tale Heart: Improving Control of Hostile Witnesses with Constructive Cross Examination [Premium]
Duration: 60 minutes
In "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator is driven to confess to murder by the imagined sound of his victim's heart. . Unlike in this story and in the court rooms on televisions, witnesses will rarely break into confession on the stand spontaneously. Instead, witnesses respond to anxiety, as was discussed in another CLE in this series. When you’re conducting a cross examination, you need to find the equivalent of the beating heart for the hostile witness. As the anxiety increases for a witness, as that heart beats faster and louder, the witness quickly realizes that the truth is the most efficient way out.
In this program, the masters of cross examination, Larry Pozner and Roger Dodd, will offer several strategies for finding that pressure that is akin to the beating heart for the narrator, thereby improving the control of hostile witnesses.
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