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CROSS-EXAMINATION OF ONE'S OWN CLIENT - FREDERICK V. FREDERICK

In Frederick v. Frederick [Ms. 2101144, Mar. 23, 2012] __ So. 3d __(Ala. Civ. App. 2012), a divorce proceeding, counsel for the former husband called the former wife adversely, and cross-examined the former wife. Counsel for the former wife then questioned the former wife using leading questions. Judgment was entered in favor of the former wife. The former husband appealed. On appeal, the Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the trial court's allowing leading questions of one's own client where the client has been called adversely. The Court relied primarily on Ala. R. Evid. 611(c) and Newman v. Bankers Fidelity Life Ins. Co., 628 So. 2d 439 (Ala. 1993).

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