Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Why Defense Attorneys Often Choose Not to Put Defendants on the Stand

3/6/19 Page Six, reporting on R. Kelly's CBS interview about sexual abuse charges. His defense seems to be:
But Kelly insisted he was in a relationship with the women, Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary.
“What kind of love is it that keeps these young women away from their families?” asked King.
“What kind of father, what kind of mother would sell their daughter to a man?” he [Kelly] countered.
 “So you’re saying the parents handed their daughters, Azriel and Jocelyn, to you?” King asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”
He replied, “Absolutely.”
Casting blame on the parents for "sell[ing]" their daughters implies that he bought them.  I thought the 13th Amendment was supposed to be the end of that sort of thing.  And he stupidly admitted his part in this transaction on TV.

1 comment:

Windy Wilson said...

This is even better than the story going around in 1980 of the defendant who represented himself in an armed robbery trial.
While cross-examining the witness: "Did you get a good look at my face when I robbed you."

But on TV? Priceless.