Trial Tactics

So for the end of my clinic this morning I went to watch a trial in federal court. I sat through an hour and a half of direct examination of the plaintiff who was a former cop who was suing for wrongful termination. He sounded like he had a decent claim, then came the cross examination.

First, he failed a urinalysis.

Second, he had been written up twice for failure to take care of evidence as the evidence officer.

Third, he started telling other cops that a cop on the drug task force was selling, two weeks after that cop had busted the plaintiff's cousin for dealing meth.

All of a sudden it didnt sound like he had such a good case anymore.

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