“Objection! Argumentative” Is That Really A Valid Objection During Cross Examination?, by Paul N. Luvera, Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips Blog
An outstanding Seattle plaintiff’s trial lawyer & I have been discussing the common objection made during cross-examination that the question is ‘argumentative’ because of a trial we have a common interest in where the judge sustains cross-examination questions that directly challenge the witnesses testimony as untruthful where the objection of ‘argumentative’ is made. My position is that cross-examination is confrontational and a testing ground for witness credibility by challenging the witness. I believe that judges who sustain an objection to the confrontation as ‘argumentative’ do not fully understand the function of cross-examination and the rules of evidence. I decided to share my viewpoint for your consideration. . . .