By Kristin Casler, featuring Merrie Jo Pitera, Ph.D., and Robert Gerchen of Litigation Insights
Your corporate executive may be an excellent public speaker, confident in front of audiences and at board meetings. But put that same executive in a deposition under examination by a skilled attorney, and the confidence may melt away. Suddenly, the testimony you thought was a lock could send your case spiraling in the wrong direction. Careful and early witness preparation can restore that confidence and help avoid any surprises. Here are some key points to consider.
Jurors have told us in post-trial interviews (and in our mock trials) that an over-prepared or scripted witness loses credibility because they are ‘saying what they have been told to say.’
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