This example comes from the Movie KNOCK ON ANY DOOR, starring Humphrey Bogart as an attorney. The direct examination is:



Prosecution: And now Mr. Swnson, be very careful of your next answer. Did you get a good look at the holdup man?

Mr. Swanson: Yes.

Q: Do you see him here in this courtroom?

A: Yes sir.

Q: Point him out to the jury.

A: That's him.

Q: Oh, you mean the young man, the pretty boy, sitting next to Mr. Morton?

A. Yes.

Q. And now as a final question, I want you to repeat the time of night you saw the Defendant run out of the alley, and loud enough for the Jury to hear it.

A. Somewhere between five after eight and eight thirty.

Q: And you're absolutely sure?

A: I am.



What objections would you make to the form of questions on the following cross-examinination?



(1) Defense: Mr. Swanson, did the unidentified holdup man wear a hat or a cap or was he bare-headed?

A: He wore a hat.

(2) Q: What color?

A: I don't know, but that's him right over there.

(3) Q: The man who held you up, what color was his hair?

A: Same as his.

(4) Q: You got a good look at the man who held you up?

A: Sure, he stood right across the bar from me.

(5) Q: Say, for a minute or so?

A: Yeah.

(6) Q: Mr. Swanson, my name is Andrew Morton, have you ever seen me before?

A: Naw, never.

(7) Q: You're quite sure?

A: No, I never seen you before.

(8) Q: Do you recall a glass of red wine that was spilled on your shirt? To refresh your memory, do you recall that we talked together about this killing, that I spilled a glass of wine on your shirt. Do you recall that now? We talked together for quite a while, didn't we? Didn't we?

A: Well, yeah.

(9) Q: Uh huh. Mr. Swanson, would you be good enough to tell the Jury why you can't identify me, though we talked together, but you can identify the alleged holdup man who was with you only a minute or so? Tell that to the Jury. Of course you identified him because the police told you that was the man who held you up, isn't that right?

A: Yeah, that's right.

(10) What's your occupation? Mr. Curmin neglected to ask you that.



A: I, uh, well, I do odd jobs.

(11) Q: You really mean you have no occupation?

A: I guess so, yeah.

(12) Q: Isn't that address you gave on 12th street, isn't that a flop house?

A: Well, it's sort of a club.

(13) Q: A club, I can imagine As a matter of fact, you have no permanent address. You're better known as "Kid Fingers," aren't you?

A: Well, yes.

(14) Q: How old are you, kid?

A: 49.

(15) Q: Thank you, "Kid." How many times have you been convicted of a felony?

A: Twice.

(16) Q: Twice? Oh, you're under oath.

A: Well, maybe I should have said three or four times.

(17) Q: Yes, maybe you should. What was the first time?

A: I don't remember.

(18) Q: You don't remember. Wasn't it for the sale of a certain kind of literature to high school students?

A: Yes.

(19) Q: What was the next time?

A: Well, I don't remember.

(20) Q: Again he doesn't remember. Well, we'll just sit right down here and wait until you do remember.

A: Panhandling.

(21) Q: Mr. Fingers, would you mind telling the jury what you mean by panhandling?

A: Well, it's like, like asking somebody to help you.

(22) Q: You mean begging?

A: Yes, I guess you could call it that if you wanted to be nasty.

(23) Q: You did time in the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth, didn't you?

A: All right, okay, so I took a relief check from a mailbox.

(24) Q: In other words, you'll do anything for money, anything except work, that is.

A. Yes.

(25) Where were you on the night the crime was committed?

A: Walking along 12th street.

(26) Q: Were you ever charged with this murder?

A: Me? No sir. I saw it though, and I thought about it for a couple days, and I just couldn't stand it, so I went to the Police and told 'em what I'd seen.

(27) Q: Just a loyal, patriotic, justice-loving citizen, is that right?

A: Yes sir.

(28) Q: Although you had to think about it for two or three days first. Where are you living now?

A: Sloan Hotel.

(29) Q: Well, if you haven't got a job who pays your bills?

A: I win at pool and poker.

(30) Q: Are these clothes you have on, are they the ones you usually wear?

A: No.

(31) Q: They're not? In other words, some person or persons unknown gave you the clothes you're wearing?

A: Yes.

(32) Q: Oh, uh, one more question, and this is the last one. Do you get to keep the clothes?



E-mail your objections to me at tanford@indiana.edu, before class on Monday Nov. 11.