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October 8, 2013

By: Joel Cohen

Consider this: In all the episodes of Perry Mason that you ever watched, Perry-the iconic cross-examiner-never, ever once gained one of his famous "You got me, I did it" case-ending admissions, by cross-examining from a prior witness statement given to him by (that constantly losing-prosecutor) Hamilton Burger. In fact, Perry seemed to never cross-examine at all from prior witness statements.

Why? Was it because the witness statements in Burger’s cases never revealed anything worthy of cross-examination? Not likely.

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