You have a key witness on the witness stand. You're in the middle of establishing some crucial testimony. All of a sudden the judge interrupts you and says “Hold on a second counselor...”
The judge then begins to question the witness extensively. The judge's questions have a certain edge to them. They make the witness appear as if he's not entirely credible.
You object. “Objection Your Honor, that's not what I wanted to ask.”
“Sit down counselor, I'm questioning the witness.”
“Objection Your Honor, that's an improper question.”
The judge is clearly getting irritated every time I object.
The defense attorney is quietly smiling.
Watch the video to learn what the judge can do and cannot do during the course of trial in New York.