oh, the goofballs out there….

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!
_________________                                                                                                                  ATTORNEY:   What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS:      Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

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?

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.

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?

ATTORNEY:  The youngest so, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS:       He’s 20, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY:  Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS:     Seriously? Are you kidding me?

ATTORNEY:   She had three children , right?
WITNESS:      Yes.
ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?
WITNESS:   None.
ATTORNEY:    Were there any girls?
WITNESS:      Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY:   How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS:      By death..
ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS:     Take a guess.

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.

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.

ATTORNEY:   ALL your responses MUST be oral OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS:      Oral…

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.

ATTORNEY:   Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS:      Are you qualified to ask that question?

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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