or adverse witness
in advance of trial, (39) and no opportunity ever to
For example, if you can get an adverse witness
to state that his or her opinion was based on a particular assumption, and your own witness is prepared to explain why the assumption is wrong, you probably do not want to ask the adverse witness
to admit that his or her opinion must be changed.
The advice to never ask an adverse witness
a question whose answer you don't know often leads to cross-examinations in which attorneys ask questions but do not listen to answers since they believe they already know the answers.
His motto is, Never conduct courtroom demonstrations with an adverse witness
With few holds barred in trying to discredit an adverse witness
and easy access to databases storing personal information, almost anyone could turn out to be a problem witness.