Winning Court Testimony for Law Enforcement Officers
Terms in this set (23)
Truthful, Understandable, Trustworthy, and Honed
Testifying in a criminal case is one of those "you have it or you don't" skills.
The courtroom is not a controlled laboratory and testifying is not an exact science.
When you learn the ________ of your testimony you become a better witness.
The best way to improve your skills is to _________.
The more ________ you are, the better your testimony will be.
The best prepared witnesses are perceived as:
spontaneous, natural, and truthful.
If the defendant wishes, he can waive his right to be tried by a jury and be tried by a judge. This is called a
A _______ is sort of a tacit admission that the defense cross-examination hurt.
The decision whether to testify is the defendant's alone. No one can force him to testify. No one can prevent him from it either.
When a jury is unable to reach a unanimous decision on one or more charges it is called a:
Opening statements are not opening arguments.
The prosecution has the duty to ______ evidence that is favorable to the defendant.
Control by court. The court shall exercise reasonable control over the mode and order of interrogating witnesses and presenting evidence so as to (1) make the interrogation and presentation effective for the ascertainment of the truth, (2) avoid needless consumption of time, and (3) protect witnesses from harrassment or undue embarrassment.
Federal Rule of Evidence 611
Effective communication is:
Truthful, clear, persuasive.
Rules of evidence are the rules of the road for trials.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to be confronted with the witnesses against him.
Confuses the jury by posing multiple, often contradictory, defenses.
Dolphins are ______. He is a flipper, a person who completely and totally changes his story on the witness stand.
Dodder-hears are ______. He is a lonely person who MIGHT be a pathalogical liar and has no real reason/motive to lie. He is cool one moment and shaky the next.
Jellyfish and guppies are _______. They are wimps, rascally rude-hearted wimps who are not usually out to get anybody and not likely to show up.
Some Other Guy did it
DNA is not needed to prove beyond a resonable doubt. But using the _____ ______, a defense may confuse the jury into thinking since there isn't hard evidence then the defendant might be innocent.