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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cross-Examinations Made for TV (Bulger trial edition)

The stuff of greatly amusing cross-examinations:

“When did you become attracted to your daughter?” he asked.

“She was my stepdaughter, please,” Mr. Flemmi responded.
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“You said when you agreed to kill your stepdaughter, you said you did it reluctantly,” Mr. Brennan said.

“I agreed because I was coerced into it,” Mr. Flemmi answered. After a long pause, he added, “And Mr. Brennan, I didn’t kill her.”

 Mr. Flemmi did recall that he had taken her shopping just before her murder.

“You thought the last moments of her life would be best spent shopping with you?” Mr. Brennan asked.

Mr. Brennan suggested it was particularly deceptive of Mr. Flemmi to have killed Ms. Davis and then pretend to her family that he was trying to help find her.

Mr. Flemmi said matter of factly that that deception was simply part of his attempt to cover up the crime.

“When you commit a murder, you don’t tell people about it, you try to cover it up,” Mr. Flemmi informed Mr. Brennan. “You should know that. You’re an attorney.”

 

Posted by Dan Markel on July 24, 2013 at 09:45 AM in Article Spotlight | Permalink

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