IMPEACHMENT: PRIOR INCONSISTENT STATEMENTS – 8 Judicial Observations and 2 Sample Impeachment Scripts (15-10)

 

BB_MAS_Article_illustration_cNote for Judges Willing to Mentor and Educate: As most trial judges know, many attorneys do not know how to properly impeach a witness using a deposition or other prior inconsistent statement. Following jury trial many attorneys ask the presiding judge for constructive criticism on the attorney’s performance during trial. These post-trial judicial critiques are golden opportunities for the judge (if willing) to mentor and educate a young attorney. This training update and sample impeachment scripts are intended to serve as a set of general principles and guidelines for trial attorneys to learn and follow.

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