STORY-TELLING, DNA AND GHOSTS

Much has been written about story-telling, and the use of stories to frame issues at trial.  Two discrete documents – one a new law review article about story-telling versus scientific fact; the second a classic psychology text from 1932, describing an experiment where people read and then recalled a Native American story called “The War

Adultery and Truthfulness

The not-so-veiled threat made to Michael Cohen – “Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot.” – created an uproar and ultimately an apology of sorts.  Whether the

CRIME…OR HOSPITAL CARE MISINTERPRETED?

When a child dies and there are signs of physical abnormalities—bruises, tearing, etc.—the result may be testimony of “unquestionable” or “unmistaken” signs of sexual abuse. That in turn may lead to criminal prosecution, conviction, and even a sentence of death. Yet both the advance of science and the simple act of paying greater attention to

THE LANGUAGE OF AN OPENING – SIMPLE BUT DEPICTIVE

In a recent article on how to structure and deliver a potent opening statement, the author, Director-Elect of the National Trial Academy, wrote the following: To simplify a case mired in complex terms and evidence, avoid using legalese and overcomplicating the facts and evidence. Simply put, use plain language. Below is an example of two