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Month: March 2019

GERRY SPENCE’S DEFENSE IN THE RUBY RIDGE CASE TOLD AS A STORY

GERRY SPENCE’S DEFENSE IN THE RUBY RIDGE CASE TOLD AS A STORY

We know the importance of presenting our cases as stories to the jury. In 1996 Dr. Daniel Gross published an article in the Trial Diplomacy Journal about it based on Gerry Spence‚Äôs defense in the Ruby Ridge trial in Idaho. The article deals with the place of storytelling in the courtroom. It notes that scholars claim that a narrative is the essence of human symbolic activity because humans are characteristically storytellers. The article notes the importance of the timing of…

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THE CROSS EXAMINATION OF THE PRIEST ABOUT “ACTS OF GOD”

THE CROSS EXAMINATION OF THE PRIEST ABOUT “ACTS OF GOD”

At the request of a friend, who wanted me to write an interesting story about one of my jury trials I sent him a description of a jury trial I had over 50 years ago in Skagit County Superior Court. You will not learn anything from the case but I feel motivated to share with you. I still smile when I think about that trial The case I filed on behalf of a Catholic priest was defended by my late…

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PREPARING FOR TRIAL

PREPARING FOR TRIAL

PREPARING FOR TRIAL The steps needed for trial preparation obviously depends in part upon the complexity and size of the case as well as the way in which the case is likely to be presented. This outline is intended to focus the attention on the basic steps in analyzing the case as well as what is required to present the case at trial. CASE ANALYISIS The first and most important step is the analysis of the case. All cases, no…

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