Category: empathy

  • Empathy and Cross-Examination

    I recently had an opportunity to cross-examine a heroin-addict witness who claimed that he had watched my client inject another person with heroin, and then had injected himself. The State’s theory was delivery by injection. The witness denied having participated in the alleged delivery—a crucial point because of Texas’s Accomplice-Witness Rule. My client hadn’t injected […]

  • What We Are vs. How We Act

    Fort Worth criminal-defense lawyer Shawn “No Prisoners” Matlock asked a simple question: If you’re hiring a defense attorney, do you want someone to feel your pain, or someone to take no prisoners in defending you? Given that choice, I argued that a person is better off with a person who has compassion than one who […]