Saturday, February 9

Weekend fun

The following are samples from the book Disorder in the court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History of actual courtroom attorney questions and witnesses answers. These were originally seen here and here.


ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 15.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.

A: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
W: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

A: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
W: Yes.
A: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
W: I forget.
A: You forget? Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?

A: How old is your son, the one living with you?
W: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
A: How long has he lived with you?
W: Forty-five years.

A: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that morning?
W: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
A: And why did that upset you?
W: My name is Susan.

A: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo or the occult?
W: We both do.
A: Voodoo?
W: We do.
A: You do?
W: Yes, voodoo.

A: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
W: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

A: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?

A: Were you present when your picture was taken?

A: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
W: Yes.
A: And what were you doing at that time?

A: She had three children, right?
W: Yes.
A: How many were boys?
W: None.
A: Were there any girls?

A: How was your first marriage terminated?
W: By death.
A: And by whose death was it terminated?

A: Can you describe the individual?
W: He was about medium height and had a beard.
A: Was this a male, or a female?

A: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
W: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

A: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
W: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

A: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
W: Oral.

A: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
W: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
A: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
W: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.

A: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

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


In Christ Alone said...

My belly-laughs for the day....Thanks.

In Him,

Gary Snowden said...


I had read most of these before, but I still couldn't keep from laughing at them. Thanks for injecting some humor into my day.

satire and theology said...

Thanks for the link.


Darrell said...

As a doctor who deals with attorneys and insurance adjusters all the time I really enjoyed this.

Kyle Barrett said...

Those were great! Some "Here's yer sign!" moments.

Bryan Riley said...

I love these, and I hate to do this...(that is, say something seriously in the midst of great levity) but I must also say, on behalf of attorneys, that sometimes these questions that seem so silly are deliberately done for the written record. That doesn't account for all of these or for some of the silly things lawyers do, but it does explain some. A lot of it also comes down to lawyers who don't listen well.