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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does. As a international human rights and criminal lawyer and trial skills teacher around the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally. As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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Wednesday
Jul242019

Cross Examination is Not a Frontal Assault, It's Guerrilla Warfare, Especially with Mueller.

I’ve been lucky enough to teach cross examination to lawyers and law students throughout the United States and around the world, from Uganda, to the Republic of Georgia to Russia and beyond. I’ve also been lucky enough to do this partly because of my experience trying a lot of cases before juries as well as being trained by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and at the International Criminal Court. As a prosecutor, I’ve crossed people and put them in jail. As a criminal defense lawyer, I’ve controlled adverse witnesses and police officers and have had a lot of acquittals. Crossing examination can be different in every case but there are some basic steps that need to be addressed.

The purpose of cross examination is to establish a theme and then to carefully control the witness before you in order to control their testimony. In the end, it is about the product they present, through you, to the fact finder. In other words, you are trying to get points by making them look great or horrific. One of the considerations is how smart and experienced your witness is. In this case, its Robert Mueller and the cross examiners are members of Congress.

Mueller likely has far more experience as a witness and expert than any member of Congress and knows his job. He has testified many times, and has a resume that is impressive, regardless of which side of the fence you sit. All that being said to make the point that Mueller is dangerous and can easily make you look like an idiot.

As I watch members of Congress struggle with cross examination, it’s killing me to watch just how much they are failing. What they desperately need is training. I know that they are good communicators but cross examination is a unique skill set. It takes thought, planning and a demeanor that reflects each member individually. More importantly, it takes reverse engineering so that you start with what you want and then work backwards.

Tuesday
Sep152009

Rep. Nadler Joins Me to Talk Repeal of DOMA at 2:30 p.m..

Congressman Jerrold Nadler is introducing legislation today to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  This act discriminates against legally married same sex couples.

Congressman Nadler will join me today on Air America Radio and airamerica.com at 2:30 p.m. e.t.  Hope you can listen.

Monday
Sep142009

Time To Repeal Defense of Marriage Act.

 

U.S. Representatives Nadler, Baldwin and Polis will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  DOMA discriminates against legally married same sex couples and it should be repealed.  Has the time come for Congress to acknowledge the truth?  Or, at least, has the time come for those supporing DOMA to acknowledge their homophobia?

This promises to be a hot conversation tomorrow on The Jack Rice Show on Air America Radio, noon to 3. Hope you can listen.