Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)

    Review of: Cross-Examination: The Comprehensive Guide for Experts

    Published Online: May


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    Courtroom testimony with its intense adversarial setting is one of the most feared aspects of being a forensic scientist because no one likes to have their statements, opinions, and reasoning challenged, and here it is the heart of the proceeding. It is so off-putting that some new criminalists change their careers rather than prepare themselves to meet the challenges offered. This is the book I wish I had 30 years ago. Aimed at expert witnesses testifying in both civil and criminal trials, it explains the process of testimony and cross-examination so that the witness can prepare to give the most effective testimony. Such preparation may not quell all the fears but at least reduce them. As one colleague used to put it, “get all the butterflies flying in formation.”

    Author Information:

    DeHaan, JD
    President, Fire-Ex Forensics, Inc., Vallejo, CA

    Stock #: JFS2004093

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004093

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    Title Review of: Cross-Examination: The Comprehensive Guide for Experts
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30