Learn about how a witness’s credibility may be impeached during cross examination, including the various methods available for impeachment, and the methods by which an impeached witness’s credibility may be rehabilitated.
Trials are often determined based on the testimony of a few key witnesses. As you’ve learned, it’s pretty easy to meet the basic competency requirements to testify in court. However, it’s much more difficult to undergo cross-examination and emerge with your credibility intact. Often, parties will attack each other’s witnesses, trying to make any harmful testimony seem untrue or inaccurate to the jury, so that even though jurors may hear damaging facts, they may end up doubting whether any of...