When it comes to cross-examination, is less more?
Is cross-examination an art? Is it a science? Whatever it is, do most lawyers know how to handle it effectively?
I can say from what I have seen in more than 40 years of practice that many lawyers make a mess of it.
Certainly, when I was in law school the curriculum never dealt with it. We were taught the substantive law, such as that iconic 1930s British snail in the ginger beer case, Donoghue v. Stevenson, which revolutionized the law of negligence. But nobody told us what to do when you got the ginger beer purveyor on the stand to cross-examine him.