On Monday, Day 23 of the Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida, Judge Belvin Perry scolded prosecutors and defense attorneys for their constant bickering and legal posturing, then cancelled proceedings for the rest of the day to let the attorneys work out their differences.
Prof. Leslie Garfield told the Associated Press that this kind of back-and-forth happens more frequently than people realize.
“And that’s usually because judges have a high tolerance for understanding. The lawyers have a duty to their client, but also a duty to bar to be ethical. … There’s nothing that makes a judge more aggravated than when lawyers play games,” she said.
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