You would think this was common sense. You would think that an attorney would know not to ask a witness a question to which he does not personally know the answer.

There is an important reason for this.

If you do not know what the answer is to a question you are posing, you have no idea how the witness is going to react and what answer he's going to give. He could answer something that totally blows your case away. He could say something that destroys your argument. He could say many things for which you would be totally unprepared for.

Experienced attorneys realize how important this is. There are very few exceptions.

In an instance where the answer truly does not matter, then an attorney can ask the question to which he does not know the answer.

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Gerry Oginski
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