Cross-examination is one of those lawyer tasks fraught with drama, or so the general, non-lawyering public thinks.

Reared on decades of completely unrealistic lawyer television programs like “LA Law,” “Ally McBeal,” and the 42 incarnations of “Law and Order,” not to mention the granddaddy of them all, “Perry Mason,” people have the general opinion that trials are won and lost in cross-examination.

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