WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- William Kennedy Smith's lawyers spent five hours trying to pick apart the testimony of the woman accusing him of rape, challenging her account of the attack and repeatedly prompting her to break down in tears on the stand.
Defense attorneys pressed the woman on her spotty memory of the Easter weekend evening she says she was attacked. How, they wondered, could she recall ordering a Caesar salad and Cliquot champagne but not remember whether she met with N NTC bartender friend or where she took off her shoes and panty hose?
The defense did not appear to score any major victories yesterday during the fourth day of the trial, but it did highlight a series of potential vulnerabilities in the 30-year-old woman's testimony. At issue was whether she revised her testimony after reading about how it would be challenged by defense experts, which she denies.