Prosecution questions pathologist in Chauvin trial

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell launched an aggressive cross-examination, attacking a retired pathologist Dr. David Fowler's findings down the line during Derek Chauvin's trial. (Apr. 14)

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JERRY BLACKWELL: Now, you agree that, as an expert witness, you shouldn't jump to conclusions. That is, you should reach fair conclusions based upon a careful, considered analysis.

DAVID FOWLER: That is correct. Yes.

JERRY BLACKWELL: Do you agree that you shouldn't come at this in a way that is biased? You agree with that, don't you?

DAVID FOWLER: Absolutely agree with that. Yes.

JERRY BLACKWELL: You shouldn't cherry-pick facts.

DAVID FOWLER: No.

JERRY BLACKWELL: You shouldn't try to confuse the jury.

DAVID FOWLER: Correct.

JERRY BLACKWELL: So would it be fair to say, in order to say that the white substance in Mr Floyd's mouth was a pill, in light of what you've seen, that would be jumping to a conclusion, wouldn't it?

DAVID FOWLER: Specifically, when I testified, I said there was a white object in his mouth. That's all I could discern from that, and I remember saying that under direct.

JERRY BLACKWELL: So you are not, then, either telling or suggesting to the jury that the white substance was a pill, are you?

DAVID FOWLER: I never said it was a pill. I carefully said that I could see a white structure in his mouth.

JERRY BLACKWELL: If I could follow up, just answer my--

DAVID FOWLER: And I did not want to classify it, and I didn't classify it.

JERRY BLACKWELL: Could you just answer the question?

DAVID FOWLER: Yes.

JERRY BLACKWELL: You're not either telling or suggesting to the jury that the white substance was a pill, are you?

DAVID FOWLER: No.