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Published on November 9th, 2012 | by Trey Cox


How to Deal with an Inadmissible Blurt-Out

When a witness volunteers an answer that is both non-responsive and information that is not properly in the record – containing material that you have a right to have excluded from the case – then you must object and move to strike and/or request a limiting instruction.  These requests have nothing to do with erasing the material from the minds of the jurors.  It is based on legal technicalities.  An unresponsive answer that is not objected to and stricken is in the record.  All objections to it are waived.  It becomes legal evidence that may be utilized later in the trial during summation or even on appeal.

In summary, when a witness on cross-examination volunteers evidence that you can keep out of the record, you must object and move to strike.  But answers that are merely unresponsive and not illegal should immediately be dealt with by you.

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specializes in courtroom fights between businesses. His jury trial experience and courtroom success have earned him the distinction of being Board Certified as a Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Trey represents Fortune 500 corporations, entrepreneurs, and leading firms in a wide array of industries. His dedication to his clients and winning track record have repeatedly earned him recognition as one of the top trial lawyers in the country.

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