I am a general practitioner and sat in on some of the pre-trial and trial dates for my former client who was represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney. I found Judge Zweibel to be very biased in favor of the prosecution. He made surprising rulings that seemed to deny some of the defendant's most basic constitutional rights. He also appeared to look the other way on a serious issue of prosecutorial misconduct, including the withholding and tampering of evidence, and would refuse to count some of the prosecutor's long delays towards the defendant's right to a speedy trial. His evidentiary rulings almost always appeared to favor the ADA, and he made it very difficult for the defense attorney to admit even the most basic evidence at trial. He continuously sustained the ADA's objections to the defense attorney's questions, and made the defense attorney sweat and suffer at getting in even the most basic material and relevant evidence. Thank goodness the jury was not swayed by Judge Zweibel's hostility towards the defendant and still found him not guilty (it was a riduculous charge and prosecution brought by the ADA, which never should have been prosecuted in the first place). I found Judge Zweibel to be unfair towards the defendant and his attorney. I am glad that this forum exists to permit some minor recourse and feedback for what would otherwise be the unbridled power wielded by judges, sometimes unfairly.
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