The Key to a Winning Verdict
Building Credibility at Trial: The Key to a Winning Verdict
By M. Scott Bailey
Huff, Powell & Bailey, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia Jury trials are like zebras and snowflakes – no two are exactly the same. Facts, witnesses, clients and judges are just some of the variables that make each trial take on a personality and life of its own. The one constant that should remain in every case you try is your personal credibility. Jurors can and do forgive bad witnesses, unfavorable objection rulings, and even ugly ties, but to lose credibility with your jurors is to lose your entire case. Whether or not jurors believe you is a fundamental barrier they must cross before they can believe your client, trust your case, and ultimately find in your favor.