DEPOSING THE ARTFUL DODGER

 

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

•“Truth is the engine of our judicial system.”
• The prevalence of deposition deception
• Introduction of Case #1: the “60 Minutes” Q&A
• Definition of “word-hawking”
• Seminar-long assumptions
• Case #1 video ... what dodging do you hear?
• The tricky verb “to know”
• Dodgy pronouns and other dodgy stand-ins vs. The McCoy
• Self-serving word choices and trial-worthy lines of attack
• Seminar’s choice of real-life “Artful Dodger”

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Break

 

10:10 - 11:20 a.m.

• “The Three Profundities”:
           Trial is argument.
           Deposition is trial.
           Thus, deposition is argument.
• The factual background of Case #2: the Paula Jones litigation
• The 3 responsive answers to yes/no questions
• The importance of the deposition admonitions to crafting arguments
• The truth vs. the falsifiable lie

 

11:20 - 11:30 a.m. Break

 

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
• Belt and suspenders redundancy in interrogatory-like questions
• Firewalling adverse deponent’s claims

• Mind’s eye & mind’s ear database of memory
• Cross-examiner’s use of risk-crafting words

 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

 

1:30 - 2:50 p.m.
• Attacking Dodger’s numerical range answers
• Timing key lines of attack to avoid coaching breaks
• Introduction of Case #2, part #2
• Attacking Dodger’s “I don’t remember”
• “General” recollection vs. “specific” recollection
• Keeping score of Dodger’s memory successes & failures

2:50 - 3:00 p.m. Break

 

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

• Dealing with Dodger’s filibustering answers
• Making Dodger responsible for his attorney’s factual representations
• Introduction of Case #3: Kenneth Starr’s grand jury
• The importance of the deposition admonitions to combating obstructionism
• Establishing the precise limits of Dodger’s memory
• Establishing Dodger’s relationship to the “forgotten” subject

• Atttacking necessity posing as virtue

• Witness running out the “deposition clock” with windy responses