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Thread: Disorder in the American Courtroom

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    I got this in an e-mail this morning. Even if it isn't true, it could be.

    KEEPING A STRAIGHT FACE AS A COURT REPORTER

    These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

    ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
    WITNESS: He said , 'Where am I, Cathy?'
    ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
    WITNESS: My name is Susan!
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    ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
    WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
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    ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
    WITNESS: No , I just lie there.
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    ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis , does it affect your memory at all?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
    WITNESS: I forget..
    ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
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    ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
    WITNESS: We both do.
    ATTORNEY: Voodoo?
    WITNESS: We do..
    ATTORNEY: You do?
    WITNESS: Yes , voodoo.
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    ATTORNEY: Now doctor , isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep , he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
    WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
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    ATTORNEY: The youngest son , the 20-year-old , how old is he?
    WITNESS: He's 20 , much like your IQ.
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    ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
    WITNESS: Are you joking me?
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    ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
    WITNESS: Getting laid
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    ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
    WITNESS: None.
    ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
    WITNESS: Your Honour, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
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    ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
    WITNESS: By death..
    ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
    WITNESS: Take a guess.
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    ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
    WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
    ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
    WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
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    ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
    WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
    ______________________________________

    ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
    WITNESS: All of them.. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
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    ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral , OK? What school did you go to?
    WITNESS: Oral...
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    ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
    WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
    ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
    WITNESS: If not , he was by the time I finished.
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    ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
    WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
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    And last:

    ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
    WITNESS: No.
    ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
    WITNESS: No.
    ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
    WITNESS: No..
    ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
    WITNESS: No.
    ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
    WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
    ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
    WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

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    Put a smile on my face this morning:):):)

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    Thank you.........I really needed to laugh out loud!

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    I work in Court, as an "expert witness" in psychology. I can vouch for stupid questions that occur with regularity. Sometimes, the Judge and I meet eyes...hard not to laugh. I love when, in an interview, I ask the client how they came to be in Court (meaning why they were arrested or such) and they say, in all seriousness, "the bus brought me."

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    Too funny. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes.

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    I hope it's not true, but fear it is!!!! :lol:

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    I've read this many times....and I STILL read thru it and laugh myself silly!!!! I knew lawyers (many are politicians) and yip - some ask those kind of questions.

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    Those are so funny. I would not have been able to keep a straight face upon hearing some of those in a courtroom!

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    My favorite:

    Lawyer: - is that your cousin Mr. Smith sitting there?
    Witness: - yes
    Lawyer: - and what is his first name?
    Witness: - I forget.
    Lawyer: - you forget your own cousin's name?
    Witness: - I'm too nervous (turns to cousin) - Nathan, for god's sakes tell them your name!!

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