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Defense witness Robert Costello destroys…Robert Costello.
By Curt_Anderson
May 21, 2024 6:55 am
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Judge Juan M. Merchan told Robert Costello, a former federal prosecutor, that his conduct during testimony was contemptuous. Costello aggravated Merchan repeatedly in part by continuing to speak after objections were sustained — a signal to witnesses to stop talking. At one point, Costello remarked “jeez” when he was cut off by an objection. He also called the whole exercise “ridiculous.”

The judge overseeing Donald Trump's ongoing hush-money trial ripped into one of the former president's witnesses on Monday for heckling at his rulings — then cleared the courtroom of journalists to scold the witness some more.

"Mr. Costello I wanted to — I'd like to discuss proper decorum in my courtroom, OK?" Merchan said after dismissing the jury from the courtroom.

"OK, so when there is a witness on the stand, if you don't like my ruling, you don't say 'jeez,' OK?" the judge scolded.

"You don't say 'strike it,' because I'm the only one that can strike testimony in the courtroom," the judge told the witness.

"And then if you don't like my ruling, you don't give me side-eye, and you don't roll your eyes," the judge added.


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  1. by HatetheSwamp on May 21, 2024 7:37 am

    What was reported to me is that the jurors were paying careful attention to the interplay between the judge and witness. Some were clearly upset...

    ...by the judge's treatment of Costello, compared to his treatment of prosecution witnesses... that's from #1, who was permitted to remain in the court room when the spectators and press were dismissed.

    Businessinsider, Curt. Really!!!!!? Don't you ever consult a reasonably unbiased source?


  2. by Curt_Anderson on May 21, 2024 8:19 am
    I highly doubt any reports of what jurors are supposedly thinking. You don’t like Business Insider? Ok, I first quoted AP, see link.



  3. by HatetheSwamp on May 21, 2024 8:33 am

    AP is lefty. Not as much as Business Insider.

    My report on the juror's reaction comes from Dershowitz, who's made his living reading juries for, he says, 60 years.


  4. by Indy! on May 21, 2024 12:19 pm

    "AP is lefty"

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    Someone also doesn't understand how the AP works! 😂


  5. by HatetheSwamp on May 21, 2024 12:33 pm

    If 0 is Rachel and 10 is Sean Hannity, AP is 3.5-4.


  6. by Indy! on May 21, 2024 3:37 pm

    Good lord, peebs. "AP" stands for "Associated Press" - media that have joined the organization to share their news articles. There is no "left" or "right" because they take ANY and ALL media that want to join and willing to follow their guidelines for reporting (the "style" they use for creating articles - has nothing to do with content). I've worked for media that were members of the AP (and the NYT's similar association for media).


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