Are Younger’s Ten Commandments of Cross Still Good Law in Today’s Courtroom?

Prior to Professor Irving Younger’s lecture on the Ten Commandments of Cross-Examination, no organized effort had been made to outline how an attorney should form and ask cross-examination questions designed to attack credibility. In Younger’s estimation, 25 jury trials are required for attorneys to gain their “sea legs” and become good cross-examiners. Bill James assesses Younger’s Ten Commandments to determine if they have withstood the test of time.