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Fwd: Demolishing a Police Witness during Cross-Examination

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  • law_self_help
    There are key facts about the police that make it easy to portray them as liars and to destroy their credibility. They are trained in their police academies to
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2007
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      There are key facts about the police that make it easy to portray
      them as liars and to destroy their credibility. They are trained in
      their police academies to give testimony beneficial to the
      prosecution and to twist and bend the truth in the process. Police
      cadets are known to refer to that course as "Perjury Course"(Have you
      been trained to give testimony? Were you taught how to give testimony
      beneficial to the prosecution? To give such testimony did they teach
      you to bend and twist the trith a little or to omit facts helpful to
      the defense? Do you recall police cadets referring to that course
      as "Perjury Course"? "You must have earned a very good grade in that
      course, haven't you?"). Also frequently the prosecutor would rehearse
      their testimony in advance(Were you coached by the prosecutor to make
      these claims?). Also lying to suspect is a standard investigative
      technique: "we found your fingerprints", "your friends are
      confessing" etc - that practice has been upheld by US Supreme Court
      (Do you question/interrogate suspects? Have you been trained in
      standard interrogation techniques? Well, lying to a suspect is a
      standard interrogation technique, how often do you do that?). Police
      also managed to develop a reputation as untrustworthy witnesses - in
      many jurisdictions the juries will not convict on police's testimony
      unless there are other witnesses. ("Police are known to refer to
      their testimony as testilying - you must be very familiar with that
      term? Are you testilying now?) Thus a cop is easy to portray as
      someone who's been trained to lie and commit perjury and for whom
      lying is a part of his job duties. The prosecutor will try to object
      to such questioning, you state it's needed to establish the
      credibility of his witness. Even if sustained, the jury will have
      heard and the seed of disbelief and doubt will have been planted. The
      added advantage is that such questioning will get that cop flustered
      and to lose his composition.

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