Thursday, July 18, 2013
HOW NOT TO IMPEACH WITH DOCUMENTS
He could have avoided this courtroom fiasco by doing a little preparation. All the reports should have been tabulated and arranged in some semblance of order. This could have been done by sequentially numbering the reports, putting them in a three ring binder, and making a table of contents. Or it could have been done by putting each report in a folder, labeling the folders, and arranging the folders in alphabetical order in a banker’s box. The next step would have been to read through all the reports, index every important statement contained in the reports, and print an alphabetical index to the report.
His preparation done, he would then have been ready to perform an efficient impeachment. When the expert gave the uncongenial testimony, he should not have mentioned the fact that he believed she had made contrary statements until he had gone to his index, retrieved the report, and read the statement. When he had assured himself that he truly had an inconsistent statement, he could then embark upon an efficient, effective impeachment. Of course he could not have done that with this expert because there was no inconsistency. What would have happened had he properly prepared would have been that he would have saved himself some time and embarrassment.
I’ve just described the low-tech way to retrieve documents for impeachment purposes. In the computer age, there is an even faster way. Reduce all documents to PDF. Render the documents OCR readable. You can then use the search function in your PDF program to find the key phrases in milliseconds.