The following are from a
little book called "Disorder in the Court." They're things people
actually said in court, word for word.
Q: What is your date of
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.
Q: What gear were you in
at the moment of the crash impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Q: This myasthenia
gravis-does it affect your memory at all?
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?
Q: All your responses must
be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
Q: How old is your
son--the one living with you.
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.
Q: What was the first
thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you ?
A: My name is Susan.
Q: And where was the
location of the accident?
A: Approximately milepost 499.
Q: And where is milepost 499?
A: Probably between milepost 498 and 500.
Q: Sir, what is your IQ?
A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.
Q: Did you blow your horn
A: After the accident?
Q: Before the accident.
A: Sure, I played for ten years. I even went to school for it.
Q: Do you know if your
daughter has ever been involved in the voodoo occult?
A: We both do.
A: We do.
Q: You do?
A: Yes, voodoo.
Q: Trooper, when you
stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?
Q: Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: What did she say?
A: What disco am I at?
Recently reported in the
Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers journal, the following are questions actually
asked of witnesses by attorneys during trials and, in certain cases, the
responses given by insightful witnesses:
Q: Now doctor, isn't it
true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the
Q: The youngest son, the twenty-year old, how old is he?
Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?
Q: Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?
Q: Did he kill you?
Q: How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?
Q: You were there until the time you left, is that true?
Q: How many times have you committed suicide?
Q: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
Q: She had three children,
Q: How many were boys?
Q: Were there any girls?
Q: You say the stairs went
down to the basement?
Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?
Q: Mr. Slatery, you went
on a rather elaborate honeymoon, didn't you?
A: I went to Europe, sir.
Q: And you took your new wife?
Q: How was your first
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?
Q: Doctor, how many
autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time ?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.
Q: Doctor, before you
performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
Q: Did you check for breathing?
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.
A housewife, an accountant
and a lawyer were asked "How much is 2+2?" The housewife replies:
The accountant says:
"I think it's either 3 or 4. Let me run those figures through my
spreadsheet one more time."
The lawyer pulls the
drapes, dims the lights and asks in a hushed voice, "How much do you want
it to be?"
What does Your Dad Do?
Two small boys were
overheard talking at the zoo one day.
"My name is Billy. What's yours?" asked the first boy.
"Tommy," replied the second.
"My Daddy's an accountant. What does your Daddy do for a living?"
Tommy replied, "My Daddy's a lawyer."
"Honest?" asked Billy.
"No, just the regular kind," replied Tommy.