The cross-examination of an adverse witness at deposition, if done right, is an intellectually rigorous discipline that requires the diligent and skillful application of the logical rules that best exploit case theory opportunities and best attack case theory problems.
All litigators should have studied this discipline's dozens of rules while still in law school, and, later on, should have observed their law firms' experienced litigators effectively employing those rules in every adverse deposition. Sadly, however, the vast majority of litigators practice their entire careers without ever truly understanding this crucial syllogism:
TRIAL IS ARGUMENT. DEPOSITION IS TRIAL. THUS, DEPOSITION IS ARGUMENT.
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