Sometimes, all it takes is one momentfor a case to be won or lost.A witness who charms the jury. Alawyer shown up for not knowingthe facts. Or, a courtroom demonstrationthat goes spectacularly awry — like whenChristopher Darden asked O.J. Simpsonto try on a pair of bloody gloves.

The New York Law Journal spoke tolitigators about what goes into thosepivotal junctures, and how trial lawyerscan increase the odds that those occasionswill hinge in their favor. While virtuallyall lawyers say that the most crucialcomponent of success at trial ispreparation, they have slightly differenttakes on what to focus on while gettingready for trial.

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