Evidence-Wellborn SU2006 Outline

Texas rule grants an adversary in a criminal case the

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Unformatted text preview: evelop the witness' testimony. Ordinarily leading questions should be permitted on cross When a party calls a hostile witness, an adverse party, or a witness identified with an adverse party, interrogation may be by leading questions. GENERAL NOTES: Leading questions are ordinarily permitted on cross! 611(c) Qualifying language that such questions should be permitted "ordinarily" authorizes the trial court to limit the use of leading questions when, for example, the cross-examiner is interrogating a friendly witness. Leading question defined: One that suggests to the witness the answer desired by the examiner Isn't it true that? Don't you agree that? Closed-ended questions (yes or no answer) Symptom of leading question but not always conclusive o Do you know Alan Rau? Not leading! o Is that the killer? Leading! Questions that ask the witness to choose between alternatives posed by the questioner may or may not be leading (is this the accused or is that the accused leading!) Why is leading prohibited on direct? Because we want the witness to tell...
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2008 for the course N 483 taught by Professor Wellborn during the Summer '08 term at University of Texas.

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