Congratulations to Tyler Beach on upsetting a prosecutor so much the prosecutor caused a mistrial in a case before the jury.

Sometimes the best defense witness is a police officer.  Occasionally, the police will write something in their report that is quite useful in establishing that maybe the accused didn’t do the crime for which he or she is accused.  So, the defense attorney calls that officer to the stand before the jury.  Then, sometimes, the officer will respond to the defense attorney’s questions with ‘I don’t remember.’  In this case, there was a video of the portion of facts that the officer ‘couldn’t remember.’  However, pursuant to evidence law, that video could not be offered itself to the jury.  So, Mr. Beach asked for a break in the trial and for the officer to review the video so that he could ‘refresh his memory.’  After that, the officer belatedly testified to what he did and saw and heard as was recorded in the video.  The prosecutor then got her turn for cross examination of the officer.  Her first question was a statement that the defense attorney was hiding evidence from the jury by not giving the video to the jury (something Mr. Beach could not do).  Of course, the judge had to end the trial due to the statement of the prosecutor.  We thought we should include this trial here.