Killer Cross Examination is brought to you by Neil Rockind, aka "The Rockweiler", a veteran and award-winning criminal defense lawyer. Rockind shares his insight into what he terms “killer cross examination” through his weekly podcast and blog entries. As a former assistant prosecuting attorney and radio talk show host, Rockind believes that killer cross examination is the key to winning any case: using cross examination in way that highlights the issues and defenses that you are advocating while undermining the foundation for the government’s case.
Kyle Rittenhouse Judge Bruce Schroeder - My Thoughts
Before the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, few outside of Wisconsin knew or had even heard of Judge Bruce Schroeder. Now, nearly everyone does and it seems that they all have an opinion about him. From explaining the reasoning for his rulings, yelling at the prosecutors, making bizarre comments and at times demeaning statements, e.g., his “Asian food” comment, Judge Schroeder has turned much of the attention towards him. I’m not here to talk about his rulings, the quality of the the lawyering or Rittenhouse’s guilt (we’ll have time to break that down later) but rather about the Judge’s demeanor, personality and whether it is more common than you’d like to believe. The answers may surprise you. Tune into this solo edition of the Killer Cross Examination Podcast.
Darryl Goldberg (The Mule's Lawyer) Does Killer Cross!
He defended the real life “Mule”, the subject of the movie starring Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, represented Drew Peterson, the former police officer charged with murdering one of his wives and took part in the “Family Secrets” case in which characters and scenes in the movie Casino, starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci, were loosely based and he’s here to share his stories and approach to trials. Darryl Goldberg Does Killer Cross!
Sarah Swain AKA "Wonder Woman" Does Killer Cross
I bet you didn’t know that Wonder Woman lives in Kansas. Well, she does. Swain is nicknamed “Wonder Woman” and her firm is often referred to as “the Swain Train”. The Rockweiler meets Wonder Woman. This is an incredible episode.
For all of you progressives and for whose who wonder if it is different for a woman, listen to this episode. Swain is a maverick. In the heart of the Midwest, Kansas, Swain’s motto is “F— the Patriarchy” and she means it! She ran for Attorney General and wasn’t supported by either party. When asked who she’d like to cross examine, whether dead or alive, she said, “OJ Simpson”! When asked why? Swain said, “because I’d get him to confess.” Amazing stuff! When asked who the best cross examiner she’s ever seen was/is, she didn’t hesitate, “me”, she said. For years, the gnarlier the case, the more she wanted to be involved.
Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang Does Killer Cross!
Making A Murderer, the Netflix Documentary Series, captured the attention of tends of millions. The series followed the prosecution of Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halback. Dean Strang defended Steve Avery and he takes us behind the scenes, tells us what it was like making the show, his reaction to the verdict, his style in the courtroom and his favorite cross examination story (it involves Wayne Newton, the venerable Las Vegas entertainer). He discusses how he became a lawyer, what he did before becoming a lawyer, how he ended up in criminal defense and how he ended up defending Avery in case that gripped the nation. You do not want to miss this episode - and this is one that the longer you listen to it, the better it gets.
Alan Dershowitz Does Killer Cross
Alan Dershowitz Does Killer Cross. He needs no introduction. A participant in some of the biggest cases in history, e.g., Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Leona Helmsley, Michael Milken, Reverend Jim Bakker, Claus von Bulow, OJ Simpson, Jeff Epstein and Donald Trump, Dershowitz is one of the most significant lawyers, authors, commentators and scholars in American legal history. Dershowitz joins Neil Rockind to discuss his career, his first case, his favorite cross examination, the best cross examiner he has ever seen, his opinion of Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey, and his legacy, including what cases he believes he will be remembered for and why. The answers may shock you! He talks about his treatment by liberals, including Larry David and others who he considered friends and colleagues and the personal accusations that have been levied against him. At times, Dershowitz lets it fly. This is one episode you don't want to miss! #alandershowitz #crossexamination #dershowitz
Linda Kenney Baden Does Killer Cross! She Defended Phil Spector, Casey Anthony And More
Linda Kenney Baden has defended or taken part in the defense of Phil Spector, Jayson Williams, Casey Anthony, Michael Skakel and Aaron Hernandez, to name a few. If you have read about a high profile case in which someone was acquitted and the case involved forensic evidence, there is a good chance that Linda Kenney Baden was involved. But her defense of Phil Spector, the music industry icon, in his trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson, is one of the things that she will be most remembered for by the public. She was portrayed by Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren in the HBO Film, Phil Spector, who starred in the movie alongside Al Pacino (who portrayed Spector). She is a host on Dan Abrams Law & Crime Network. She is also married to one of the foremost forensic pathologists in the country, Michael Baden. Linda Kenney Baden is my guest on the Killer Cross Examination Podcast.
Very informative and fun
Neil has a great voice and direction with this podcast. He tells you exactly how it is, but isn’t bland about it. Each podcast feels like a vivid movie the way he tells it.
Neil cares and will help you
I don’t feel like Neil does law for the money. He does it bc he cares. His wife cares and has an amazing family. I was blessed to have his wife as my boss for years. I never lost contact. He helped me without any questions when I needed help and gave the advice I needed even when it wasn’t his specialty. He showed me the direction amd who to help further. Neil just cares about the law and what’s right. If it’s not his field he will still go the distance to make sure you’re with the right person. I adore the Rockind family and will always be grateful of how they view the law and will do what he can to help bc it’s the right thing to do. Thank you Neil. You’re not like other attorneys. You really do care!!!
Fantastic content each and every episode. Neil is extremely knowledgeable and never fails to entertain.