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Author: Otto

Trial Preparation Tips: Technology, Strategy, and Good Communication 

The trial is at the center of our great justice system. In a society where due process is a staple of our criminal justice, the trial—in many cases—is the battlefield where attorneys use evidence, witness testimony, timelines, expert testimony, and other tactics to defend their clients and present their case to the jury.  A lot […]

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The Art of Witness Preparation: A Vital Aspect of Getting Ready for Trial

Like everything else courtroom-movie-related, famous testimony scenes are a big part of our collective imagination thanks to popular culture, films, and television shows. Whether it is eloquent attorneys making their opening or closing statements to a wide-eyed jury, or a witness bursts out with ‘You can’t handle the truth,’ or a hushed courtroom awaiting as […]

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Mastering Jury Trial Preparation: Opening and Closing Statements

The American Bar Association deems a trial lawyer’s opening and closing statements as the bookends of your trial. Yes, they frame the opening and closing of your trial, but they also provide an opportunity for you to tell your client’s story and frame it in a particular way so that the jury might appreciate it […]

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What We’ve Learned About Juries and Why the Sixth Amendment is Key 

Most people know that the sixth amendment is there to offer a key group of rights designed to make criminal persecutions fair, accurate, and legitimate. The sixth amendment guarantees a couple of things and perhaps the most commonly known is that of a jury and a speedy trial. The amendment, however, goes beyond that and […]

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Trial Themes: How Using an Effective Narrative Can Save Your Case

  If you’ve ever seen a movie that involves a trial scene, you’ll likely remember the impactful nature of the opening and closing statements. Equally as impactful are the questions that the lawyer asks the witnesses, always getting dramatic responses and raising eyebrows from the jury. The reason that courtroom scenes are so powerful in […]

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The Sixth Amendment and How It Came to Be

Embedded in the fibers of our justice system is the fundamental idea that all human lives are valuable and that freedom is an inalienable right. This is why our society does not take stripping someone’s freedom lightly. The system may not be perfect and it has its flaws, but when it comes down to it, […]

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