On this episode, Maxwell Goss speaks with prominent criminal defense attorney Neil Rockind. Neil talks about his victory in securing the acquittal of an individual charged with reckless driving following the highly publicized tragic death of a police officer. Neil shares insights on many aspects of trial practice, including the importance of humanizing the defendant, dealing with public scrutiny in high-profile cases, and how cross-examination can make or break your case.
0:18 – Introduction
01:57 – About Neil Rockind and his law practice
03:43 – Some of Neil’s high-profile cases
05:10 – Oxford school case
07:37 – “Killer” cross-examination
11:33 – Learning effective cross-examination
16:32 – People vs. Charles Warren
16:58 – The criminalization of driving offenses
23:38 – Hindsight bias
30:20 – Cross-examination of the lead investigator
33:35 – Verdict in the Charles Warren case
37:21 – Handling cases with intense public scrutiny
40:41 – Where to find Neil Rockind online
Neil Rockind has represented clients in criminal defense matters for over twenty years. Her has defended clients in matters ranging from drunk driving to complex federal cases. Rockind has defended various celebrities and athletes in all varieties of criminal cases, including former NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl champion, Devon Thomas, famed trial attorney Geoffrey Fieger, retired hockey player Todd Bertuzzi, former professional basketball player William Bedford, rapper and actress Kash Doll, and rapper Icewear Vezzo, to name just a few. Neil has appeared in numerous television programs, including Fox News and MSNBC, as well as major news periodicals across the country.