Vouching for a Witness

Trial attorneys have to decide whether to object to arguments presented by the opposing attorney in closing arguments to a jury, or balance whether they think an argument is legally improper with high…

Expert not needed on credibility

There have been a number of television series and movies that focus on the trial process and the use of experts.  Whether an expert can be called to testify as to how witnesses remember and perceive e…

Who is in the picture?

It is becoming more and more common for buildings such as businesses to have surveillance cameras, and the police commonly search for and obtain surveillance video in an effort to identify suspects. E…

The witness taking the fifth

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that a person cannot be compelled in a criminal trial to be a witness against herself. What happens when someone who is not the defendant but a wi…

The real truth about truth in court

One of the ways to attempt to undermine the credibility of a witness at trial is to offer testimony about a person’s character for telling the truth. 
Under Maryland law, certain witnesses are now all…