Jury Duty Flashback
When I had jury duty at the end of 2009, my post here didn’t mention much about the prosecutor. He presented a competent case, but the drama was all in the defendant. There were a couple of time where the DA lost his cool, but given the tenor of the trial it was understandable even if it was a bit over the top. Parts of it where also what I remember as junior DA theatrics, or maybe the legal equivalent of spiking the ball after a good play, but again, let’s remember he was playing against a mentally ill self-represented defendant. It came across like an NFL player spiking the ball after a good play against a Pop Warner team: poor sportsmanship, but nothing more.
The name struck a bell when I saw this article today though highlighting the prosecuting attorney’s conduct in another prosecution: Irrelevant and potentially inflammatory questioning and a pattern of misconduct that rendered the trial fundamentally unfair, at least according the the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Unfortunately I’m not surprised at all.