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Cross is meant for leading questions

Actually, Defense could object much more of the Prosecution questions than he has. The prosecution has been leading their own witnesses like crazy, and he has only objected a handful of times. That is smart. Standing up and objecting every few seconds makes it look like you are afraid of the question/answer and can draw more attention to it than if you let it go. You aren't supposed to lead your own witness, only hostile witnesses on cross.

A lot of good cross exam is basically just the lawyer testifying in the form of a question and getting a simple yes or no response to keep the witness from elaborating. The one female paramedic early on wasn't letting him do that and she came off as combative more than he did. Actually almost all the eye witnesses tried to elaborate on defense's simple yes no questions, as they all appear to be pretty passionate about what they saw and didn't want defense counsel boxing them in.

But yes, it can get a little monotonous to listen to. One of the best examples of the "yes/no" cross was in the WIlliam Kennedy Smith rape trial by Roy Black if you are ever bored, I assume it is out there. He basically won that case in about 20 minutes of cross examination of the alleged victim
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  Defense did well yesterday -- JeffGerardi 04/07/2021 10:38AM
  Nelson has a plan -- bufffantheman 04/07/2021 12:16PM
  Cross is meant for leading questions -- JeffGerardi 04/07/2021 3:22PM
  That seems to be something Nelson has done well -- bufffantheman 04/07/2021 4:43PM
  Re: Cross is meant for leading questions -- Gateway 04/07/2021 4:02PM
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