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Leading Questions

A “leading question” is generally one which suggests its own answer. They usually only are permitted on cross-examination. However, whether to allow the use of leading questions otherwise — like on direct examination — is up to the trial judge’s discretion. King v. Copp Trucking, Inc., 853 S.W.2d 304, 309 (Mo. Ct. App. 1993). Even…

Cross-Examination, Credibility, Impeachment

Credibility is always critical at trial. If a judge or jury does not find you credible, then they do not have to believe your testimony or claims. For this reason, the credibility of a witness is always relevant in a lawsuit. Mitchell v. Kardesch, 313 S.W.3d 667, 675 (Mo. 2010). After a witness testifies on…

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