Cross-examination of Locke continues after Bernick
A trio of defense lawyers continued questioning Robert Locke early Thursday afternoon, with a diverse cross-examination that ranged in focus from exhibits to a section of questions concerning his past mental disabilities and prescribed drug use.
Locke frequently responded with a dissonant “yes,” or, “I do not recall,” to the counsels’ questions.
It was defense attorney Thomas C. Frongillo, representing defendant Robert Bettacchi, who most fiercely questioned Locke and his job performance history, as well as his diagnosed mental disabilities related to depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders.
“Are you taking any today?” Frongillo asked.
After Locke said he was on one mild anti-depressant, Frongillo asked whether or not that was affecting his testimony. Locke responded and said he was perfectly fine to testify. After some surprised sounds and mild gasps from the galley, cross examination continued in which Frongillo tried to get Locke to admit to conspiring to get his client, Bettacchi fired.
Locke has filed suit accusing Bettacchi and W.R. Grace of age and mental disability discrimination. Frongillo pointed out that all settlements have been rejected by the courts that would award Locke anything. That case remains unresolved.
Carolyn Kubota, representng Jack Wolter, breezed through a brief cross-examination in which she presented letters and memos from Locke to Wolter about the defendant’s “Corrective Action Procedure,” which included the addition of unannounced expansion plant inspections.
Exhibits also included drafts of employee safety manuals produced by Wolter, which Locke admitted to canceling because he said there were “editing errors” in it.
David Krakoff, representing Henry Eschenbach, swiftly asked questions on matters pertaining to his client. Krakoff repeatedly got Locke to say how much Eschenbach taught him about the testing.
-Kelsey Bernius (posted 4:32)
Posted: March 26th, 2009 under News.