The Washington Post
Aug. 4, 2022
Parkland shooter's defense attorneys cry as victims' parents testify
During Tuesday's sentencing proceedings for Nikolas Cruz, the convicted shooter in the Valentine's Day 2018 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the defense attorneys were seen crying during the testimony of Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old girl killed in the mass shooting. It's rare for attorneys to cry in the courtroom – especially "based on something the other side has said," said Keith Swisher, a professor of legal ethics at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. With this being "an incredibly overwhelming, heated, and atypical case," it's unlikely to bring negative consequences upon the attorneys, he said. It could lead Cruz to seek new counsel, though, he added.