- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; unknown edition (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684843048
- ISBN-13: 978-0684843049
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Francis Wellman's "The Art of Cross Examination" is the undisputed classic text on cross.
As Wellman points out on page 24, "There is no short cut, no royal road to proficiency, in the art of advocacy." No truer statement has ever been put to paper. I first came across this paperback in Law School during mock trials, and have come to rely upon it many, many times especially at preliminary hearings.
Although dated (first edition 1903), the author quotes extensively from memorable cases and utilizes them to illustrate both the manner and matter of cross-examination. Wellman covers the topics of handling perjured witness and the expert, and the importance of sequence and the importance of paying attention to the nature of the psychology of the witness.
The aspect of Wellman showing how, and knowing when, to illicit information from the witness is why this book has become famous.
Wellman uses many famous (at the time) cases that are very humorous, and also timeless (marital discord in 1903 is marital discord in 2004, for example). This is a very well written book and I promise that useful "nuggets" of information will be found. Well done! Five stars.
It's awesome. Wellman goes through both the theory and practical wisdom of cross-examination, giving stories and examples to drive the point home. It's quite comprehensive, and will certainly make you a better cross-examiner (or just help you get a good grade in your trial class).
of a witness. It covers the manner of the examination, perjured
testimony, the sequence of examination, experts, silent cross
examination, dangers and comments on uses and misuses of the
process. This book would be very helpful to law students,
trial lawyers, pro-se litigants and a whole host of constituencies in the legal profession and professions on the
periphery. Here is an important quotation from the work:
"If all witnesses had the honesty and intelligence to come
forward and scrupulously follow the letter as well as the
spirit of the oath "to tell the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth," and if all advocates on either side
had the necessary experience, combined with honesty and
intelligence, and were similarly sworn to develop the whole
truth and nothing but the truth, of course there would be no
occasion for cross-examination, and the occupation of the
cross-examiner would be gone. But as yet no substitute has
ever been found for cross-examination as a means of separating
the truth from falsehood, and of reducing exaggerated statements
to their true dimensions."