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.