Her books have been translated into six languages. Evidence of Murder reached the NYT mass market bestseller’s list.
My Life in Court by Lisa Black
Things get more interesting when it’s the defense’s turn. They are likely to ask, “What factors can affect gunshot residue?” and “How many paints have you analyzed with the FTIR?” Sometimes they’re happy with your results, as in a case where both suspects were eliminated from a semen sample. Sometimes they’re not. Occasionally the defense won’t ask you anything at all. If you’re testifying that the victim was shot from four feet away, it isn’t relevant to them if they’re saying the defendant was out of town at the time. Usually, though, they’ll ask something, just to earn their salary if nothing else. The defendant will be sitting at the table with them, and this will usually be the first time you’ve ever set eyes on them. Since the lawyers are asking you questions, you pay more attention to them. Often I’ve left the courtroom without the slightest recall of what the defendant even looked like.
Then the prosecution gets to re-direct, and the defense can re-cross, and this can go back and forth until they’re done or the judge gets annoyed. In addition, some courts are now allowing the jury members to submit questions, which are reviewed by the judge and read to you and which you answer the best you can. But eventually comes that wonderful moment when the judge says, “You may step down.” It’s just like the feeling you get when you’re donating blood and they finally take the needle out of your arm. You waste no time in grabbing your purse, stepping delicately past the jury with one last smile, and hustling down the aisle.
Blunt Impact will be available April 1, featuring forensic scientist Theresa MacLean and a series of murders surrounding a skyscraper under construction in downtown Cleveland. The first to die is young, sexy concrete worker Samantha, thrown from the 23rd floor. The only witness is her 11 year old daughter Anna, nicknamed Ghost. Ghost will stop at nothing to find her mother’s killer, and Theresa will stop at nothing to keep Ghost safe.
Also, Kindle owners can find a bargain in my new book The Prague Project, written under the name Beth Cheylan. A death in West Virginia sends FBI agent Ellie Gardner and NYPD Counterterrorism lieutenant Michael Stewart on a chase across Europe as they track stolen nukes and lost Nazi gold, hoping to avert the death of millions of people.
Thanks so much for being my guest today, Lisa. My experience with the courtroom was confined to a few appearances as a witness in two federal cases, one civil and one criminal, but I certainly learned a lot about the process. And I did get a bit of that "slightly sarcastic" lawyer attitude from time to time.
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