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Book Review: David Ball on Criminal Defense

By Thomas G. Eagle

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David Ball on Criminal Defense

By David Ball, Don Keenan, Artemis Malekpour, Dorothy Clay Sims, and Pate Skene

David Ball is a well-known trial consultant in the civil field, particularly regarding plaintiff’s personal injury, jury persuasion and damages. David Ball on Damages is considered a “must read” for many plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys. Mr. Ball and attorney Don Keenan are also famous for the Reptile© trial method. Although controversial and not followed by all plaintiffs’ practitioners, those who do follow it swear by it.

Although the Reptile© method is described by many detractors as being an attempt to make jurors “afraid” of what might happen if they don’t side with a plaintiff for substantial damages, those who practice it would more likely say, generally (and true justice cannot be done to the method by anything “general”) it is to first determine what the attitudes are of the prospective jurors, and then demonstrate the need for (and appeal t

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