5 Topics To Cross-Examine A Witness For Bias

One of the most effective ways to destroy a the credibility of a witness is to cross-examine a witness on statements or circumstance’s showing a bias or interest under Texas Rules of Evidence 613(b). Texas courts generally allow lawyers great latitude cross-examing witnesses on any fact which demonstrates “ill feeling, bias, motive and animus. Here are five examples of areas the courts have allowed cross-examination for bias:

1. Personal friendship or hatred

2. Prior business dealings

3. Racial prejudice.

4. Prior bad blood or threats.

5. Family relationship.

 

 

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