Quote:Is that not how it works in your hood? That's how it works in CA. The state has the burden of proof, so it has the first (and last) chance to address the jury. It's also the norm in federal practice.
Quote:According to him, yes.
Quote:Well, one explanation would be that it makes a big difference in terms of the scheduling, and the judge was trying to figure out how close they were to finishing. And more generally, judges like to be in charge of their courtrooms, like to know what's coming, and don't like surprises. Not that it makes it OK.
"Impeaching" a witness means attacking the credibility of their testimony -- for example, by introducing a prior inconsistent statement they've made, by bringing in another witness to contradict them, or some circumstances attacking their general credibility (say, by showing they had previously been convicted of perjury).