Category: Judge Trentacosta’s Trial Guide

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Five Essential Considerations For Cross-examination

Cross-examination, whether by cudgel or scalpel, can be a powerful weapon to attack the credibility of your opponent’s case theory, witnesses and documentary evidence. However, often, too often, it becomes a liability due to poor planning or execution.

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Common Trial Objections

This article outlines the most common trial objections, including objections to the form of questions, objections to proffered evidence, and motions to strike.

Admission of “Real” or Physical Evidence

EXHIBITS:  ADMISSION OF “REAL” OR PHYSICAL EVIDENCE By Hon. Robert Trentacosta Introduction: The actual objects that are factually relevant to a case are called “real” or “physical” evidence. Examples include: the gun or knife used in the crime; the stolen jewelry; torn clothing, the shredded tire, the defective power saw, a fingerprint, or the fractured […]

Exhibits: Admission of Demonstrative Evidence

EXHIBITS:  ADMISSION OF DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE By Hon. Robert Trentacosta Introduction: Admission of demonstrative exhibits into evidence is a critical skill for trial lawyers. Demonstrative exhibits, such as a photograph, map, diagram, model, anatomical drawing or organizational chart, help a juror visualize the testimony of a witness and lock the image into the juror’s mind.  This […]

Five Essential Considerations for Expert Witnesses

FIVE ESSENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR EXPERT WITNESSES By Hon. Robert Trentacosta Introduction: Expert witnesses are seemingly ubiquitous in litigation. Cases that involve scientific, medical, technical or specialized evidence will almost always require experts to explain the evidence to lay jurors. Once you decide that you need an expert witness to prove your case, the following are […]

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Five Considerations for an Effective Closing Argument

Closing Argument is the trial’s denouement. To be successful, it must be satisfying and persuasive to the jury. However, often, too often, it becomes a liability due to poor planning or execution. Your Closing Argument needs to be engaging, goal-oriented, honest, and delivered with passion and verve.

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