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September 2011 Archives

Prosecutions Use and Abuse of Overview Witnesses Called at the Beginning of a Trial

The government on occasion uses as its first witness an agent or some other government representative to act as an overview witness. The overview witness will summarize what the government intends to introduce at trial and to put forth its theory and conclusions to the jury. The case of United States v. Griffin, 324 F. 3d 330 (5th Cir. 2003) provided an example of two such witnesses.

Conviction of Driving With Suspended License Reversed Because of Improper Questions by Prosecutor

The case of Barcomb v. State, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D1983a (Fla. 4th DCA September 7, 2011) presents a good analysis of what is required to properly question a defendant about a prior felony conviction.

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