Disorder in the American Courts
Below is dialogue from a book called 'Disorder in the American Courts'. People said
these words in court - all taken down by court reporters (who had the torment of
staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place).
Attorney: What was the first thing your husband said to you
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 impact?
Witness: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Attorney: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
Attorney: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
Witness: I forget...
Attorney: You forget? Can you give us an example of something
Attorney: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved
Witness: We both do.
Witness: We do.
Attorney: You do?
Witness: Yes, voodoo.
Attorney: Can you describe the individual?
Witness: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Attorney: Was this a male or female?
Witness: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
Attorney: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on
Witness: All of them... The live ones put up too much of a fight.
Attorney: All of your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did
you go to?
Attorney: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for
Attorney: Did you check for blood pressure?
Attorney: Did you check for breathing?
Attorney: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you
began the autopsy?
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