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Book Review: Case Analysis: Winning Hard Cases Against the Odds
By James H. McComas
By James H. McComasTrial Guides LLC (2011)Reviewed by Jonathan A. Rapping
Cases are won and lost long before trials begin. A lawyer begins earning a not guilty verdict the moment the lawyer takes the case. The ability to perform well is intricately connected to the process of Case Analysis. It is an art that author James McComas honed as a public defender. Through this book, he passes this critical methodology on to each reader.
Far too often, the quality of a lawyer is measured by the lawyer’s ability to very quickly identify winning cases and to effectively “shoot from the hip” in the courtroom. Some defenders brag that they can differentiate winning cases from losers simply by reading the police report, viewing this as a positive skill nurtured through experience. Others have boasted of being able to pick up a file and try the case the next day, as if this “ability” is the hallmark of a true trial jock. However, assessing the likelihood of success without puttin
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