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We recommend that all young trial lawyers watch the movie “My Cousin Vinny.” In fact, seasoned trial lawyers can learn much from watching this film. The better the trial lawyer, the better the appreciation for the skill and effectiveness of Vinny Gambino’s (Joe Pesci) direct and cross-examinations of various witnesses, including his spunky fiancée, the so-called expert on auto mechanics, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei), who gets “voir dired” by the prosecutor with a trick question.

 

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