Trial Issues: Significance of a Break

The Annoying & Trivial Break During Trial

Yet, without it, you might as well not show up to court.

After an emotional breakdown, a rest is required in order to generate thought – without thought there is no voice, without voice, you have no witness. A 15 minute break will give the victim enough time to wash the tears from her face, collect herself (i.e. her thoughts) and gain the strength to continue the cross examination.

The Reasonable Victim:

Your victim-client is on the stand,  and she is a reasonable prudent victim.  She is undergoing a cross examination.

1:         Watch the victim to see if she is becoming angry or emotionally sad.

2:         Wait for an “emotional breakdown.”

3:         Watch for heavy tears, gasps of air, and an expression of words.  Grab her words, don’t lose them.

4:         After you grab her words, STOP the trial.  Why?

A victim feels intense pain at the very point of a breakdown.  The act of questioning severely provokes her emotions and within those emotions are harbored feelings of love.  This is a difficult concept to grasp, but she has trained herself to stop loving; however, that love is still deep within her soul and when it comes out, it hurts.  It resembles the pain of losing a true love – that kind of emotional pain has the power to bring a “Hercules” down to his knees.  Get her off the stand and into a safe place to finish crying.