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The best way to prove your case to a jury is often through the mouths of the enemy. Most jurors will expect your witnesses to testify favorably to your case. They will not, on the other hand, expect an adverse witness to testify favorably for you. Therefore, any opposition witness that gives positive testimony for you will help underscore the strength of your case. Of course, proving your case through witnesses who would prefer to hurt you does seem a little dangerous. However, with the proper command of the facts and effective trial skills, utilizing adverse direct examination can make the evidence much more compelling.

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