Shakespeare’s advice about overtrying lawsuits

One of the most common problems of trial lawyers is their tendency to over try their cases. Too many witnesses, too many exhibits, too lengthy examinations, especially over doing cross examination. It’s because they haven’t fully thought out the three main points of their case and are uncertain about which facts or exhibits are more significant then others so they just put it all into the case. The result is a turned off and bored jury. Let’s remember the wisdom of Shakespeare:

"To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper light to see the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

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