It was seemingly a tough day for the defense yesterday. In Federal court practice, the government presents it witness, the defense cross examines the witness and then the government gets redirect. The defense does not get to re-cross examine a witness. Also, the defense is limited in its cross examination to matters raised (or reasonably inferred from) in the direct. As a result, the defense gets hamstrung somewhat in its case, left with presenting the majority of its evidence in its part of the case. In some instances, the perceived advantages (i.e. the government is winning) at trial can swing wildly once the defense starts presenting its case.
So, hold on!
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