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by Wellman

  • ISBN: 0020749600
  • Category: Law
  • Author: Wellman
  • Subcategory: Legal Education
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scribner; 4th edition (April 1, 1962)
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • FB2 size: 1981 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
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Francis Wellman's "The Art of Cross Examination" is the undisputed classic text on cross. The aspect of Wellman showing how, and knowing when, to illicit information from the witness is why this book has become famous.

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. 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.

Written by American attorney Francis L. Wellman, the book was first published in 1903 by The Macmillan Company, and was still in print more than 100 years later. Francis L. Wellman was a practicing attorney in New York State as well as an assistant district attorney in New York City. He dedicated the book to his two sons, hoping to encourage them to enter the legal profession.

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The Art of Cross-Examination Текст. Автор:Francis Lewis Wellman. The insurance companies had been unable to find any stock-book which would show the amount of goods in stock at the time of the fire

The Art of Cross-Examination Текст. The insurance companies had been unable to find any stock-book which would show the amount of goods in stock at the time of the fire. One of the witnesses to the fire happened to be the plaintiff's bookkeeper, who on the direct examination testified to all the details of the fire, but nothing about the books. The cross-examination was confined to these few pointed questions

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Cross-examination,-the rarest, the most useful, and the most difficult to be acquired of all the .

Cross-examination,-the rarest, the most useful, and the most difficult to be acquired of all the accomplishments of the advocate. It has always been deemed the surest test of truth and a better security than the oath. In offering this book to the legal profession I do not intend to arrogate to myself any superior knowledge upon the subject, excepting in so far as it may have been gleaned from actual experience.

Wellman, an excellent cross examiner and a man who understood the subtitles of human nature, gives .

Wellman, an excellent cross examiner and a man who understood the subtitles of human nature, gives invaluable case studies and analysis of famous cases in this book. The ending few chapters are tedious repetitions of court transcripts, but the value of this book is not necessarily in a straight read through. There are chapters that I will likely return to again and again throughout my entire life.

Author Francis Lewis Wellman. Categories: Nonfiction. 10/10 1. Books by Francis Lewis Wellman: The Art of Cross-Examination: With the Cross-Examinations of Important Witnesses in Some.

The Art of Cross-Examination.

It has always been deemed the surest test of truth and a better security than the oath. The Art of Cross-Examination.

Fourth Edition, revised and enlarged. The methods of great cross-examiners as used in famous cases.
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Uanabimo
For some reason, this book is considered a classic. In law school, it was assigned reading in our Evidence class, even though it has very little to do with the law of evidence and even though it offers almost no instruction on examining witnesses. It is basically a collection of very old "war stories" from a lawyer practicing in a bygone age. No one does cross-examination this way anymore and I'm not even sure some of the things related would be allowed or advisable in a modern courtroom.

Anyone wanting a real understanding of the best ways to examine witnesses would be advised to get MacCarthy on Cross-Examination (MacCarthy, Terence F.) and Examining Witnesses (Tigar, Michael E.). MacCarthy's book is a very quick read and has a wealth of information that the experienced reader can put into immediate practice in the courtroom.

If you are a law student and your professor made you buy this, consider trying to take your class from someone outside the ivory tower who actually tries cases for a living.

On the other hand, if you're just looking for a little history and old-fashioned stories about how cross-examination was conducted "back in the day," you should buy this book.
NiceOne
For the Law Student, buy this book. For the practicing Attorney, buy this book. It is money well invested!

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.
Dellevar
Got this book for a trial practice class in law school. It was not required reading, but recommended by my teacher (a top trial attorney with several decades of experience).

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).
Mr.Savik
Bought for law student neighbor as I could NOT find my decades old copy. He LOVES it and scanned it quickly finding lots of help for a trial, on 3-27-15 (tomorrow). I remember reading and enjoying my copy decades ago even though I am not a lawyer. Thanks Amazon for coming through, again, CWB
Pumpit
This is a very insightful book written in delightfully old-fashioned language. As a lawyer myself I think of its lessons in meetings with the other side in negotiations or in preparations for the same. The book loses one star, however, in its organization. Nothing in the organization of the book carries me forward in reading it. There's no narrative. It's just one anecdote after another.
bass
Twenty years ago as a young lawyer I tried a case with one of my firms partners, who was in his eighties. He let me try the case, and we received a rather just decision from the court. I was quite proud of myself, only to learn from my boss that the senior partner felt that my style of cross examination was ineffective at best.
I determined to learn all I could about effective cross examination. The first book I read was also the last- Wellman's The Art of Cross Examination. Although the book was writen around the turn of the century, it contains a treasure trove of illustraions about different kinds of cross examination. How to Cross Examine the Hostile Witness, the Lying Witness , the scientific Witness, the Truthful Witness (the hardest job of all)
The book is a true today as it was 95 years ago.
lacki
A fascinating read although at times a bit dry. Practical and theoretical advise for the advocate of law whether practicing in the US or UK. Although the author practiced law in the early 20th century, his description of the art of cross-examination, could in fact be reflective of a court room of today. Students of law: this is a book to read, considered and kept for reference.
This book contains many details on the art of cross-examination
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."

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