It was the personal touch, just a courtesy. Now it seems more ... almost something like mercy.
They stand, awkwardly. The real estate agent continues talking to a man. They can't say goodbye, right away. And then they do.
Dr. Ladera defines "excited delirium" as a condition combining psychomotor agitation and aggressive behavior.
Lionel: "Officer Mallen testified that Tyler Beacham just wouldn't stay down..."
Lionel: "Excited delirium has been linked to drug use, hasn't it? Stimulants, such as cocaine. Did you do a tox screen as part of the autopsy?"
Dr. Ladera: "No coke."
Lionel: "But some amphetamines are undetectable after as little as five hours, yes?"
Will: "Not in evidence. He's trying to bias the jury."
Sustained, no further questions... And then, another Rule 243.
Q: "Would antidepressants show up on the tox screen you performed?"
Dr. Ladera: "Interesting question. Depends on the type, but generally no. We did a basic ten-point analysis. You'd have to do an expanded screen to find evidence of most antidepressants."
Lionel: "Permission to reexamine? Dr. Ladera, is it safe to say the presence of antidepressants might indicate that depression? And depression could cause some agitated behavior. Even aggressive... Like, what if somebody recently experienced a catastrophic event? Just for example, the breakup of an engagement?"
Will objects, it's beyond the scope, and Temple overrules... Though, he says, he might sustain it on the grounds of foundation regarding antidepressants, waiting for Will to demur on that one. When he does, Temple drags everybody back into chambers.
Temple: "You're not objecting on foundational grounds because there is a foundation."
Will: "We complied with discovery requests..."
Lionel: "We requested discovery on all the medical records. No one ever told us about the use of antidepressants..."
L/G: "No, you requested records from the past two years. He saw a psychiatrist briefly three years ago. Yes, he prescribed antidepressants, but we have no recent record of the victim refilling that prescription."