No Crying in the Courtroom!

Murder case prosecutors seek ban on 'strategic bawling' by defense to sway jury
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 11:32 AM CDT
Prosecutors in Ohio want to stop defense attorneys from making emotional appeals to the jury.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – State prosecutors in Ohio want to ban teary-eyed appeals to the jury in an upcoming capital murder case, Time reports. A motion seeking to prohibit blubbering defense attorneys accuses them of crying on cue and violating a 1999 Ohio Supreme Court ruling that it’s “improper to inflame a jury’s emotions by crying.” A defense attorney for the trial calls the motion “a little ridiculous.”

Prosecutors are "alleging that I cry on cue and that I’ve been trained to do this. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “In a death penalty case, as strongly as I feel for my clients, it happens.”