Republican Senators made a Big Mistake Letting a Prosecutor Question Ms. Ford.
Why did the senators retain a prosecutor (Ms. Mitchell) to question Ms. Ford, and not a competent criminal defense attorney to cross-examine Ms. Ford?
As soon as I learned a few days ago that the republican senators retained a state prosecutor to cross-examine Ms. Ford, I knew it was a big mistake. And after watching the hearings and her performance it is apparent that I was right.
Prosecutors are excellent with direct examination, but most are horrible at cross-examination, because in reality with most trials they have little opportunity and experience with cross-examining witnesses. Cross-examination is the art and the bread and butter of CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS, in which their cases rise or fall on their ability to discredit the state's or government's witnesses.
The republicans with their competent legal staffs could have framed vigorous and cutting questions, much better than prosecutor Mitchell, who is basically only asking direct questions, which are not exposing her inconsistencies and bias towards Judge Kavanaugh.
If I was cross-examining Ms. Ford the first question I would ask is why in her opening statement she repeatedly called him Mr. Kavanaugh and not Judge Kavanaugh. Further, knowing what she allegedly claims he did to her, why did she not follow his career, or look him up, google him, and knowing that he seat on the DC Circuit, never raised this issues with the authorities. The little admission or omission by Ms. Ford could have opened the door with probing questions as her level of prejudice and hatred against Judge Kavanaugh, in which she did NOTHING ABOUT FOR 36 YEARS.