Any trial has natural ebbs and flows, and the tenor of the initial stages could change over the six weeks that Judge Kaplan has allotted. But after four days of testimony, the early signs have been ominous for Mr. Bankman-Fried.
“When the jurors see the judge interrupting one of the lawyers and saying, ‘That’s an improper question’ or ‘We’ve covered this already, you’re wasting our time,’ that creates a very big problem for the defendant,” said Paul Tuchmann, a former federal prosecutor. “The judge is a figure of immense authority for them.”
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