FL: Judge in Parkland shooting trial lashes out at defense lawyers

Source: Fox News

“The judge in Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz’s penalty trial tore into the defense team Wednesday morning after they abruptly rested their case without any advance warning to the court. ‘At this time, the defense rests,’ Melisa McNeill declared. ‘We’re not playing chess,’ said Broward County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, visibly annoyed. ‘This is the most uncalled for, unprofessional way to try the case.’ The court had expected 40 more defense witnesses to take the stand when McNeill made the unexpected announcement. Because of the lack of advance warning, prosecutors had not prepared rebuttal witnesses, and the jurors would have to be sent home. ‘I honestly have never experienced [this] level of unprofessionalism in my career. It’s, it’s unbelievable,’ the judge fumed. When McNeill tried to defend herself on the record, Scherer shut her down.” (09/14/22)