Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics


Achieving Justice: Suspect Statements and Cross-Examination of the Defendant in Violent Crime Cases

This presentation will discuss how to prepare an effective strategy for cross-examination in both cold and current cases of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and related homicides. A strong cross-examination strategy should be planned at the earliest stages of trial preparation, prefaced by a thorough review of all evidence, and refined after listening carefully to the defendant’s testimony on direct. Presenters will discuss how to reveal the defendant’s intent through questioning, focusing on the defendant’s premeditated and predatory behaviors. The presenters will also discuss the unique opportunities and challenges presented by cross-examining defendants in cold cases.