An outside look at cross-examination by veteran lawyer Francis P. Karam.

About the Book


TRUTH is the ultimate goal of our legal system. Jurist John Henry Wigmore pointed out more than 100 years ago that cross-examination is "the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth." Cross-examination requires a high level of performance in a stressful, fast-paced environment where lawyers are under constant scrutiny by judge and jury. 

Drawing from more than 30 years of experience, Francis Karam offers an unconventional view of cross-examination as a fundamental form of human thinking related to perception, performance, story telling, and strategy. Trials cannot be framed only in legal terms or resolved only with technical legal skill. 

Karam shows how concepts from other fields---philosophy, the arts, psychology, warfare, chess, sports, and martial arts---can be applied to cross-examination in order to understand human behavior and master the art of cross-examination through a pursuit of truth. 

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A Look Inside the Book

Preface chapter:

Preface for the Truth Engine


Sample Chapter:

Chapter 5: Simplicity


Book Supplement:

10 Questions for Cross-Examiners