“Trial Skills: Impeaching a Witness” Witness Credibility in the Age of Trump: Does Lying Matter? 

Program Number: 2836

Program Date: 11/07/2018


The art of witness impeachment is time-tested trial tool to determine witness credibility in criminal and civil cases. In criminal cases, the government frequently utilizes the testimony of cooperating witnesses to secure convictions. In doing so, those witnesses acknowledge their past misdeeds, including instances of dishonesty and untruthfulness. While historically, prosecutors sought to brush aside those acts of dishonesty by emphasizing that those acts occurred before the witness entered into the cooperation agreement, in today’s environment, in which citizens are confronted with whether their politicians or media outlets are telling the truth, juries may be looking at a witness’s history of truth telling with very close scrutiny in making credibility determinations. This CLE will examine tactics for impeaching witnesses in this current political environment, recent trials where jurors were confronted with a witness’s egregious lies, and what lawyers can or should do at trial to best identify possible approaches to utilize these vulnerabilities at trial.

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - Experienced Attorneys Only, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for Experienced Attorneys Only in NY


Benjamin S. Fischer, Esq.

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC

Benjamin S. Fischer, Esq. is a partner in Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC. He represents corporate executives and corporations in high stakes business litigation, criminal actions, and regulatory investigations. He has significant experience litigating almost every aspect of civil and criminal cases in both federal and state court and also has extensive experience handling all phases of arbitrations. Mr. Fischer has tried criminal and civil cases to verdict and arbitrations to final decisions, and he also has significant appellate experience in both state and federal appellate courts. His cases have involved allegations of hedge fund mismanagement, private equity fund mismanagement, securities fraud, insider trading, stock option backdating, market timing, collusion, rate fixing, price fixing, bribery, tax fraud, and money laundering. In addition, Mr. Fischer has represented both individuals and corporations under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the District Attorney's Office, the Attorney General's Office, and FINRA. He also has represented companies conducting internal investigations and individuals in connection with those investigations.