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Insult to Injury by Ray Bourhis

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Chapter SevenSO HELP ME GOD

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THE MOST IMPORTANT WITNESS IN ANY CASE IS THE PLAINTIFF. IF the jury can identify with her and agree that she is doing what’s right by bringing a lawsuit to recover damages for events that happened to her, then the battle is half won. On the other hand, if the plaintiff comes off as a whiner, an angry person, or someone who’s exaggerating or looking for a windfall, then problems are created that may be insurmountable. This is not shocking. People have empathy for someone who was cheated, but they don’t like woe-is-me crybabies.

Someone who appears angry, upset, tearful, or vindictive can really turn a jury off. A good cross-examiner can exploit this very effectively, making the plaintiff her own worst enemy. In ...

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