We all know lawyers who think they can best every expert they have ever encountered, regardless of how technical or esoteric the field or subject matter.
And some can.
But Gene Stearns' aggressive cross-examination of experts (including his own) was not something the genteel Miami Preservation Board members were apparently used to:
But a board majority was evidently unpersuaded, with some expressing displeasure at Stearns’ extended legal wrangling and combative style of questioning, which may not have helped MDM’s public case.
Board member Gerald Marston, clearly irritated, interrupted Stearns to ask him whether he had an archaeology or engineering degree as the lawyer argued with an expert about how the Tequesta may have built their dwellings.Question -- who is the audience here?
Another member, David Freedman, the lone vote in favor of the plaza plan, called Stearns’ “denigration” of Kaufman’s comparison of the site’s treatment to Stonehenge “offensive.’’
Are you trying to convince the board members to vote your way, or are the theatrics merely to create a record on appeal?
Even the lone member who voted in Gene's favor did so grudgingly.
I hope the transcript reads really well!