Should Defendant Crying-in-Court Be Considered Illegal ‘Jury Tampering’?

Thank God there was a judge that didn’t fall for lenient sentencing because the defendant… was a girl.

Tay’lor Smith, 19, was charged with one count of reckless endangerment after the incident. She originally pleaded not guilty in September, however, she was offered a plea deal in February — prompting her to change her plea on March 18. On Aug. 7, 2018, Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed off a bridge, just northeast of Vancouver and fell 60 feet. She suffered injuries ranging from broken ribs to punctured lungs.

But after impact statements were read and Smith herself spoke in court, the judge sentenced her to 40 days — 2 days in jail and 38 days of community service on a work crew.  Though prosecutors didn’t explicitly request jail time, the judge decided in favor of it, citing the seriousness of the crime.
WKRN, 3/28/19

Women crying in court is nothing new but what should be insulting is how women who commit serious crimes are allowed to cry in the courtroom and on the stand in attempt to garner the sympathy of the jury. Some lawyers even utilize this as a direct defense strategy.

Don’t be afraid to cry, if your emotions have clearly reached the boiling point. At this time, the judge will probably call a recess, and you’ll have a chance to pull yourself together.
Do’s and Don’ts When You’re in Court

The number one reason it’s OK to cry in court: to let the true healing process begin. You’ve finally let your authentic self, your real emotions, wiggle through the legal mortar and bloom on the outside. One serious note of caution: drama has no part in this. Unless those tears come naturally from deep inside, involuntarily, you’re creating drama. Tears that are honest and authentic are not an act. When in court, the judge will be able to tell the difference. More importantly, so will you.
Divorce Magazine

Women enjoy (and can exploit) the emotional option in court.

Man-crying is not easily accepted by the public at large.

At fifty-three, Brett Kavanaugh is an adult now, or at least no longer young, but after Christine Blasey Ford came forward to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had pinned her to a bed, drunk, when they were teen-agers, covering her mouth so that she couldn’t scream, he gave his own statements after a recess and blubbered like a child. If he would get to don his black robe, he’d do it weepily.
The New Yorker, 10/4/18

Disparity in sentencing between men and women is a topic for another day, it should also be noted that women who commit violent crime are too often seen crying on the stand. As if the trauma of having to relive their violence is more traumatizing that what their victim(s) went through in the final seconds of their lives. But it doesn’t stop them, even though we ALL KNOW some women (especially the manipulative sociopath) can cry on cue when they believe it may save their guilty asses.

Should female defendants continue to be allowed to cry in court?

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