That said, it seems risky to come close to “bullying” a defendant whose primary defense is that she was a victim of abuse. My trial lawyer friends tell me that getting angry, using a lot of categorical “yes or no” questions, and rapid-fire questioning can all be very tough to successfully execute without drawing disfavor from the jury. We can’t see the Arias jury, but I’m not sure we should assume that they are necessarily reacting favorably to just because the prosecutor isn’t letting up.
Trial lawyers: Do you find it effective to aggressively “go after” a defendant in jury trials?
Have you found any “best practices” to follow? Is it completely variable based on the actual composition of each individual jury?