Author Topic: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13  (Read 9662 times)

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2013, 08:17:40 AM »
O'Mara asking about Surdyka. Looks like he won.

DR: Surdyka's '3 pops' not a cause of concern. People often think there are multiples of sound, because of echo or perceptual distortion from stress.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2013, 08:26:42 AM »
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Diana Tennis @TennisLaw

I did not know Defense could call witness to tell jury how to weigh and interpret the evidence, why didn't I ever think of this. What?!
DT is a friend and booster of O'Mara but her tweets today show that she doesn't think calling this witness was a good idea.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2013, 08:28:03 AM »
DR: GZ's injuries as seen in photos are consistent with a fistfight.

O'Mara asked if injuries to back of head were from something other than a fist. Objection, outside expertise, sustained.

DR: Fight was south (!) of Good's unit.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2013, 08:28:10 AM »
DR says that GZ's statement that TM struck first was consistent with the evidence that was provided. 

O'Mara, does finding GZ's flashlight at the t help the your understanding of where the fight happened

DR says "yes of course" where he dropped an item like that is instrumental in determining location

DR talks about injuries, says injuries to GZ were consistent with a fist fight

Guy objects to question about GZ's head hitting concrete sustained

O'Mara asks where the altercation ended up.

DR says started near the concrete, moved onto grass near JG town home

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2013, 08:28:35 AM »
DT is a friend and booster of O'Mara but her tweets today show that she doesn't think calling this witness was a good idea.

OTOH, one of her more recent tweets indicates she's suddenly gotten what O'Mara's trying to do.

Diana Tennis ‏@TennisLaw 18m
Hold on, we may be going somewhere.. Explain timeline..it is confusing..listening for a few before further judgment.

Diana Tennis ‏@TennisLaw 1m
@AlexisinVT I am warming up to it - just surprised allowed. Cross still risky for defense. Wondering what "opinion" we are working up to.
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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2013, 08:30:09 AM »
O'Mara asks about GZ's fighting abilities.

DR:"without saying anything offensive he didn't really have any" sounded like a nice person but didn't seem like an athlete, had no warrior instinct.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2013, 08:33:32 AM »
O'Mara told DR to avoid 'anecdotal information' he has heard about TM.

DR: TM from photos appeared physically fit, unlike GZ as evidenced by his photos and report of Adam Pollock. Photos don't tell everything.


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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2013, 08:35:23 AM »
Photos don't tell everything that's why he was interested in one of the EMTs looking at TM's physical development and believing he was in his 20's.


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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2013, 08:36:26 AM »
DR: GZ 'by no stretch of the imagination, an athlete.'

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2013, 08:37:16 AM »
So far, not much value add to the defense case over Pollock's testimony and common sense.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2013, 08:37:26 AM »
"shrieks for help"

Never heard shrieks before. Good word.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2013, 08:39:20 AM »
DR: 40 seconds is an eternity in the perception of a person involved in any sort of physical conflict.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2013, 08:41:21 AM »
The state seems somewhat bewildered/blindsided by this witness, they don't know how to object exactly, they just know that they need to try to shut him down somehow.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2013, 08:44:36 AM »
So far, not much value add to the defense case over Pollock's testimony and common sense.

Absolutely value. Even Hornsby is coming around.

Driving home to the jury how long 40 seconds in a fight is, other things, by a competent expert with tons of experience? Gold.

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Re: Dennis Root, Self-defense Expert, 7/10/13
« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2013, 08:46:36 AM »
Stress related amnesia. Can take up to 72 hours for the memory of details to come back. Sometimes it never comes back.

Imagine that...

 

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