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Thursday, March 18 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Panning for Gold: Making Preliminary and Other Evidentiary Hearings Count

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Preliminary and other pretrial evidentiary hearings are excellent opportunities to learn more about the prosecution case, test defense legal theories, and lock in the witness’s story. Just because we often lose these hearings on the merits does not mean that they cannot help us. It is important to think about the goals for the hearing, each witness, and each topic that will be covered in the hearing.  The goals dictate our strategy and tactics at the hearing, especially our choice of questioning technique. This session will focus on how to use “discovery cross” techniques to learn facts and lock in the witness’s testimony. We’ll look at ways to create a bullet proof transcript that will preempt and prevent the witness from evading impeachment at trial. We’ll also discuss client centered counseling tips so so they know what to expect at the hearing, and understand and embrace the immediate and long term strategy. We’ll look at ways to handle objections and other legal aspects of these hearings.

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Cathy Bennett

Assistant Training Director, National Association for Public Defense
Cathleen L. Bennett is an Assistant Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense, and a training and trial consultant. Cathy recently moved to Anchorage, Alaska from Boston, Massachusetts where she was a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services... Read More →

Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 14