Verhoor eerste P.-V.
Verhoor eerste P.-V.
Het eerste verhoor is cruciaal in het totale proces.
Realiseer dat alles, echt alles belangrijk is.
De verhoorders noteren elk detail van uw handelen en reacties op vragen.
Dit verslag krijg je niet te zien maar de rechter op zitting wel.
Alles is er op gericht om de overtuiging van de rechter in de richting van veroordeling te beïnvloeden.
Benchmark Verhoor Donald Trump
1. zeer korte antwoorden
2. advocaat geeft aanvulling of antwoorden op eigen initiatief
3. lichaamshouding en language
5. articulatie, toon bij de korte antwoorden.
Trump sat slightly hunched over and spoke only when he was required to.
When the former president did speak, he said only what he needed to say. His tone was morose, almost sour. He sat hunched in his seat, occasionally listening to whispers from his attorneys. He made almost no facial expressions.
The hearing began as any other criminal hearing would. The clerk of court called up Indictment 71543, People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump. After the prosecutors and defense attorneys announced themselves, Merchan got straight to the point.
“Let’s arraign Mr. Trump,” the judge said, according to the transcript.
The felony charges were 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. “How do you plead to this indictment,” Merchan asked, “guilty or not guilty?”
“Not guilty,” said Trump, who was dressed in a navy blue suit and bright red tie.
Trump sat quietly between his four lawyers and listened as prosecutors presented their case, which centers on his role in paying adult-film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter to protect his presidential campaign.
After outlining the charges, prosecutors turned their attention to Trump’s recent remarks about the case. Before he was indicted, he warned that his arrest could bring “death & destruction,” and he later lashed out at Merchan and District Attorney Alvin Bragg, claiming they were biased against him.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Conroy asked the judge to impose a protective order to prevent Trump from posting sensitive information produced during the discovery phase of the case.
Trump defense attorney Todd Blanche took issue with the prosecutor’s focus on Trump’s rhetoric. He acknowledged that Trump had “responded, and responded forcefully,” to the allegations but said his words didn’t amount to threats or harassment.
“It is true that as part of that response, he’s absolutely frustrated, upset and believes that there is a grave injustice happening with him being in this courtroom today,” Blanche told the judge.
“He has rights,” Blanche added. “He’s allowed to speak publicly.”
The judge said he was unconvinced that Trump’s language was “just by frustration.” He said the defense team should tell Trump to “refrain from making statements that are likely to incite violence or civil unrest.” He told prosecutors to do the same with their witnesses.
After a lengthy discussion on the next steps in the case, the parties debated whether one of Trump’s attorneys, the brash and outspoken Joe Tacopina, had a conflict of interest in representing him.
Prosecutors said Tacopina should be conflicted out because Daniels — a witness in the case — once contacted Tacopina about potentially hiring him. Tacopina said no conflict existed because, among other reasons, he had refused her case.
The judge turned to Trump and told him that while he wasn’t making any findings of fact, he wanted him to know that he has an “absolute right to conflict-free representation.”
“Yes,” Trump said.
Merchan continued, saying that Trump, for the time being, was free to “consult with other counsel, run this issue by them and see how you feel about it when it’s over, okay?”
“Okay, thank you,” Trump responded.
From there, the judge read Trump a series of Parker warnings, which inform criminal defendants that it’s in their best interest to be present at every stage of their case.
Merchan noted that he had the authority to proceed without Trump if he chooses not to appear.
“Do you understand that?” he asked.
The judge also warned that he could remove Trump from court if he became “disruptive” to the point that it affected the judge’s ability to preside over the case. Did he understand that?
“I do,” Trump responded.
Finally, Merchan noted that trial, verdict and sentencing could all proceed in Trump’s absence if Trump was removed or waived his right to appear.
“Do you understand?” the judge asked again.
Trump, stone-faced, gave his last answer.