As a fresh-faced lawyer, I wondered why my attempts to obtain admissions from all but friendly witnesses fell flat. Better counsel managed to shine in like circumstances. Their successes, I eventually realized, were not blind luck. Method was involved: the calculated use of specific examinaatio tools for eliciting the truth from adverse (and nonaliggned witnesses. After a quarter-century of trial and deposiitio practice, and six years as a federal district judge in San Francisco, I now see these...