‘That’s really retarded, sir.’
One of the classic unwritten rules for lawyers cross-examining a witness is to never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to. Undisciplined lawyers violate this regularly, of course. A lesser-known unwritten rule is, “Don’t let the witness turn the tables on you.” In the video clip below, Z-man’s lawyer Don West violates both in cross-examining Trayvon Martin friend Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin when he was attacked. Watch:
To this layman it’s seeming clearer and clearer that West is laying the groundwork for an incompetency-of-counsel appeal claim. Whether that’s deliberate or not is another question.