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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Do You Recall Update

On July 11, 2009, I wrote that using "do you recall" in a question has its advantages. In "Elements of Trial Practice: More than 500 Techniques and Tips for Trial Lawyers," by Peter D. Polchinski, however, he makes a valid point, particularly when examining your own witnesses: "Avoid do you recall, do you remember, do you know or did you notice. Those headers suggest that the witness may not know the answer and they weaken the testimony."

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