Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast

Written by Roy Black

“What am I on trial for, gentlemen of the jury? . . . I am not on trial for having sought to bribe a man named Lockwood. . . . I am on trial because I have been a lover of the poor, a friend of the oppressed, because I have stood by labor for all these years, and have brought down on my head the wrath of the criminal interests in this country. Whether guilty or innocent of the crime charged in the indictment, that is the reason I am here, and that is the reason that I have been pursued by as cruel a gang as ever followed a man.”
Clarence Darrow’s closing argument in his first Los Angeles bribery trial, August 14, 1912

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Failure is an Option

Written by Roy Black

Some days cross-examination doesn’t work. No matter how well planned, no matter how well the strategy executed, nor how tight the questions, the witness beats us. One particularly insidious type is the witness with an agenda. They won’t follow the rules and simply answer the question. They volunteer their personal agenda whenever possible. It is […]

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F. Lee Bailey

Written by Roy Black

Representing the damned is damn hard enough, but then this life rewards you with a swift uppercut to the stomach. This is one reason why I am an existentialist. The most depressing legal ruling of 2014 (and the list is long) proves this point. The Maine Supreme Court issued a 59 page screed denying Lee Bailey’s re-admission to the bar, this is on the scale of throwing LeBron out of the NBA. Unless a deus ex machina miraculously descends his legendary career as a trial lawyer is over

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FIU Cross-Examination Seminar

Written by Roy Black

On Friday, December 12, 2014, I will be teaching a seminar on cross-examination at the FIU Law School. The seminar has been organized by H.T. Smith and Scott Fingerhut. I have attached the materials I drafted for the seminar.

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Carr & Emory

Written by Roy Black

I recently was a judge in the UM moot court competition. While walking down the corridor to the faculty lounge I noticed a the class picture of the first graduating class in 1929 and was jolted to see a very young Henry R. Carr. His picture brought back memories of my public defender days.

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Ted Olson

Written by Roy Black

This past Sunday (11/16/14), I had the privilege of introducing Ted Olson for the first lecture panel at this year’s Miami Book Fair. Ted and his wife Lady, along with two of the plaintiffs, Chris Perry and Sandy Stier, were on the panel. The subject was the intense five years of litigation leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

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Firm Named as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report

Written by Wanda Gomez

Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf, PA has been named as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms for 2015.

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Seeking Paralegal with some Legal Assistant Responsibilities

Written by Wanda Gomez

We are seeking an experienced professional with at least 5 years of experience to serve in the capacity of a hybrid Paralegal/Legal Assistant. Primary responsibilities will be paralegal, with some legal assistant duties. Knowledge in e-filing, Summation, Outlook calendaring, Federal and State rules of practice, and the ability to confidently assist Firm attorneys is required. […]

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Roy Black Presentation on Cross Examination

Written by Wanda Gomez

Roy Black will be giving a presentation on Cross Examination on Friday, December 12, 2014, in conjunction with Florida International University College of Law’s 2-day Trial Advocacy Performance CLE Program.

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RIP: Cross-Examination Has Died in Georgia

Written by Roy Black

I have a Google alert for “rape” and an article from a local newspaper in Georgia popped up on my computer screen this morning. Benjamin Tyler Gray, 29, is on trial charged with rape in Coweta County Superior Court, Georgia. A 27-year-old woman, unnamed of course, testified she woke up to find Gray in bed with her. The victim claims that the sexual encounter was not consensual even though she admitted did not attempt to resist Gray. Gray claims the sex was consensual. Thus the only issue for the jury was whether she consented to sex.

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