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Unformatted text preview: l rule! (have to get everything you want out on direct and cross, can't elicit new information in recross and redirect (except in trial court's discretion)!)
Note: But when it comes to questions about credibility of witness (indicating, bias, truth, lack of capacity, etc.) both rules allow for wide opening questioning on cross! Is not restricted to what was bought up on direct! Ex: Isn't it true that you slept with the defendant and he never called you back? Perfectly okay under both federal and Texas rules, regardless of what was brought up on direct! 611 does not mention redirect and recross but the traditional rule of thumb is that redirect should be limited to the subject matter brought out during cross-examination, and recross limited to the subject matter brought out in redirect. "Recross is to redirect as cross-examination is to direct" If new subject matter is developed on redirect examination, recross examination must be permitted. LIS v. ROBERT PACKER HOSPITAL [Scope of Cross-Exa...
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