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Unformatted text preview: tify at trial against a defendant in the absence of face-to-face confrontation with the defendant." Reason these statutes are constitutional Mode and Order of Interrogation: Scope of Cross-Examination FRE 611(b)
FRE 611(b): Mode and Order of Interrogation and Presentation b) Scope of Cross-Examination. Cross-examination should be limited to the subject matter of the direct examination and matters affecting the credibility of the witness. The court may, in the exercise of discretion, permit inquiry into additional matters as if on direct-examination. TEXAS LAW IS DIFFERENT HERE!! Federal Rule = Cross-examination limited to scope of things brought up on direct, except in discretion of trial court Texas Rule = Cross-examination is WIDE OPEN...can use that witness for anything that is relevant to the case! Don't have to wait till it is your turn to present your side of the case to elicit information from the witness not brought up on direct! o But note: recross and redirect are limited just as in the federa...
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