Forensic eloquence; or, The eloquence of the bar. A practical handbook for barristers and solicitors

9781236506504: Forensic eloquence; or, The eloquence of the bar. A practical handbook for barristers and solicitors

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...and if he is anything of a physiognomist he will be able to form his own conclusions all the better. He will know that he cannot treat a gentleman with the same peculiar mode of cross-examination as he would a yokel, and he will also know that if that same gentleman is a professional man, as a doctor, for example, he will have to be on his guard lest he make a fool of himself by displaying ignorance of something he should have taken the trouble to know. A medical witness is always difficult to treat, because the advocate is at an overwhelming disadvantage in as much as he knows comparatively nothing of medicine and surgery except, perhaps, what he has been able to pick up from a few books which he has dipped into for the occasion, and even then his knowledge is almost useless, for the doctor may make an observation which in all probability will nonplus the counsel and make him diffident about continuing with his " scientific witness." Anyone who specialises upon any subject is a difficult person to cross-examine, and the sooner the advocate gets this person out of the witness box the better, unless of course he feels his ground and he has the witness well in hand. Again, there is another situation even more trying, I mean two professional men meeting--one in the witness box and the other below the judge. A few years ago a man was being tried for murder and a doctor was called to give evidence as to the manner in which the wounds were placed on the deceased's body. The doctor naturally was called by the prosecution, and the prisoner's counsel happened also to be a doctor. For two mortal hours did those two doctors keep up a scientific discourse, bristling with antomical and pathological terms which none except perhaps themselves really...

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