posted on Aug, 7 2018 @ 02:52 AM
a reply to: shooterbrody
People who are Innocent want to prove their innocence even though in our system a person is innocent until a court says otherwise. Given the issue
between the judge and the prosecution leads me to think the judge is pissed at what he is seeing and I dont think that bodes well for the prosecution.
A judge accusing the prosecution of nothing more than dragging a person thru the mud is rare.
The defense opening statements dealing with Gates I think scared the prosecution. I think that is why they attempted to not have him testify. You dont
put a person on the stand as your star witness after they already lied to you. You dont give that person a deal either (Gates had 22 charges dropped
in exchange for his testimony).
You draw a picture with your line of questioning when gates is on the stand. In this case the defense did that effectively. Gates had to admit he lied
and also that he embezzled money from Manafort's business. It didnt help knowing Gates was responsible for finances and not Manafort.
I have had very little exposure to testifying in Federal court. On the occasions I had it was an eye opener with the leeway federal judges have in
running their courts. During one of those instances I was called as a witness in a federal case. When the defense attorney started his cross
examination he tried to play the word change game. Its when the defense asks you a question you already answered but they change the wording to trip
you up. An example would be testifying to being a hundred feet away from something and defense would ask so you were a hundred yards away. Agree with
what he says and then you get nailed on conflicting testimony and from there on out they attack your credibility. I also had him try and get me to
explain evidence handling procedures for the FBI and State police. Both times I had to explain to him he needed to ask the FBI or State police as I
wasn't a member of either agency (I was municipal). He tried to use my agencies policies for evidence handling against me and I had to explain to him
my policies were not in effect as the incident and aftermath had nothing to do with my agency.
His line of questioning and the way he was phrasing questions pissed the judge off and the judge made it clear he didnt care for what the defense was
They do crap like that and its effective but if you get a judge who doesnt care for it they let you know right then and there. In all my experiences I
never had a municipal or state judge speak / handle lawyers in the same manner as federal judges do.
edit on 7-8-2018 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)