Trial transcript: impeaching lying witness
by Jamison Koehler on June 12, 2019
Q: I understand that you are bipolar.
A: I am not bipolar.
Q: You’re not?
Q: And never have been?
Q: Ms. Jones. You realize that when the police interviewed you, they were wearing body worn cameras?
A: Actually I didn’t know that. That’s not something I was aware of.
Q: Yes. They wear them on their chests. There is a blinking light when activated.
Q: So your conversations with them that night were recorded. You didn’t know that?
A: Actually no.
Q: And these body worn camera files were turned over to the defense before trial. So I was able to watch them. I was able to see and hear what you told the officers that night. You didn’t know that?
Q: Let me ask you again: Are you bipolar?
THE COURT: Overruled, overruled. You can answer the question.
A: I have PTSD but I am not bipolar.
Q: I see. You have PTSD but you are not bipolar. You didn’t tell police that night when they first got there that you’re bipolar?
A: Maybe. I – they changed my diagnosis. The psychiatrist that I went to from 2012 to 2016 or 17 said that my diagnosis was post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety and depression. The psychiatrist that I’m currently going to said my diagnosis is that in addition to bipolar.
Q: I see. PTSD and bipolar. So when I asked you earlier whether you were bipolar and then I asked you again, just a moment ago, and you said, unequivocally, no, that was inaccurate?
A: True, yes.
Q: True yes that was inaccurate?
Q: Both times?
Q: Both times it was a lie?
A: I don’t know —
Q: — Did you misunderstand my question?
A: No, I understood what you were trying to say.
Q: Trying to say? I asked you if you were bipolar and you said no. Do you understand the word bipolar?
A: Really I —
COURT: Alright, counsel. You have made your point. You can move on.
Q: Are you on any medication?
Q: Are you on any medication now for bipolar?
Q: Were you on medication that night?
A: No. But I am on my medication now.