This guide provides an overview and introduction to criminal law. It serves as a handy reference for seasoned lawyers and as a useful research foundation for new attorneys, legal assistants, and law clerks.
Explore the Illinois Good Samaritan Statutes with an overview of the laws and a discussion on the case of first impression, People v. Teper 2016IL App (2d) 160063, and subsequent case People v. Markham, 2019IL App (3d)180071.
Whether at trial or in deposition, the “yes-no” question quite frequently constitutes a Scylla & Charybdis problem for the adverse witness: the “yes” constituting a damaging-to-witness admission, and the “no” creating a risk of the witness being impeached … maybe a BIG risk of a BIG impeachment. Thus, a willing-to-lie witness (and there are so many!!), perhaps coached by an unethical attorney (and there are so many!!), tries to avoid Scylla & Charybdis by claiming “I don’t remember X.” As experienced litigators well know, and newbie litigators will soon discover, these claims can be very tough to successfully attack. Learn the very best lines of attack against these lies.
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