Judge Nelson is "transgendered," right?
If the jury was not present when she asked, she wasn't out of order. There have been criminal cases where a defendant didn't testify, was convicted, and then argued on appeal that "my lawyer didn't let me testify." So it's not uncommon for the trial judge to ask the defendant personally if he wants to testify, to preclude that kind of later argument.
Even if he’s convicted of anything, there are so many grounds for appeals.
The judge will probably be up for nomination to the supreme court next week.
To be fair, she may just have been trying to figure out how much time the last part of the trial was going to take. OTOH, she has been biased (maybe taking instruction from the Dept of Injustice).
If she asked that in front if the jury this case will get reversed if he gets convicted.
Just alluding to the defendant not testifying can get a case reversed.
Idiotic on her part.
If the state doesn’t prove it’s case then why should the defendant have to do anything? (Rhetorical question)
The fact is that the presumption of innocence alone is enough to acquit should the state not meet its burden of proof.
They clearly did not in this case.
That depends upon whether the judge made the statement in the prsence of the jury. If the jury was out or if the comment was made during a sidebar, then the question is perfectly proper and appropriate. If the jury was present, then the proper way for the judge to ask the question is "does the defense intend to call any more witnesses" or "does the defense rest?"
No, YOU'RE out of order!
“The judge got in one last lick asking if George Z was going to testify. The judge is out of order on this item and this shows the prejudice of the judge.”
That’s what I thought. Did she do this in front of the jury?
I haven’t been watching the trial, but I did see this on the news and her prejudice was showing. They are really trying to railroad this guy.
I just saw that on Fox, I couldn’t believe it. His lawyer objects and she don’t want to hear it - OVERRULED OVERRULED. Gee, no bias going on in this court. This is unbelievable, this is the kind of crap Democrats use to do to blacks 50 years ago - railroad an innocent man, now it seems hispanics and Duke university students are the new target.
How do you like this: Four blacks ganged up on a white guy, beat him up and threw him into oncoming traffic where he was killed. I watched ALL the networks tonight, not ONE of them reported it!
We got bias in the media and bias in the courts. People better wake up in this country and fast.