Language

Overview of language as a trial technique:
language

— “victim” : Art. 120 uses “person”

-DC should object to “victim” as conclusory of guilt; argue “willing participant”

— “accused” is standard term; TC can try “offender,” but also conclusory

— “he said, she said”

–TC : NEVER; your case contains so much more than just ‘she said’, and you cannot know that “he” will say anything; emphasize all the corroboration you found in the investigation;

— “date rape” sounds like some less important crime; panels see it that way; dispel this idea in voir dire, opening, evidence, closing; it’s an assault, not a date; “I’m going on a date with a man who’s going to rape me!”