No Crying in the Courtroom!

Murder case prosecutors seek ban on 'strategic bawling' by defense to sway jury
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 11:32 AM CDT
No Crying in the Courtroom!
Prosecutors in Ohio want to stop defense attorneys from making emotional appeals to the jury.   (Shutter Stock)

State prosecutors in Ohio want to ban teary-eyed appeals to the jury in an upcoming capital murder case, Time reports. A motion seeking to prohibit blubbering defense attorneys accuses them of crying on cue and violating a 1999 Ohio Supreme Court ruling that it’s “improper to inflame a jury’s emotions by crying.” A defense attorney for the trial calls the motion “a little ridiculous.”

Prosecutors are "alleging that I cry on cue and that I’ve been trained to do this. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “In a death penalty case, as strongly as I feel for my clients, it happens.” (More lawyer stories.)

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