May 1991 - Did I Really Say That?
From a deposition taken by Matthew M. Julius
of Dallas (Adair, Morris & Julius), in a federal court case pending in Fort Worth.
Q. Ms. Russo, what is your address?
My home address is - oh, God, I can't remember my home address. What
the heck is it? Do you believe this? I will give you that information. I
can't remember my home address, I had no idea you were going to ask me
Q. You didn't prepare for that one, huh?
January 2002 - Did They Really Say That?
From Al Ellis
of Dallas (Al is of counsel with Howie & Sweeney), this excerpt
from “a routine personal injury deposition” in which he received “the
final answer as to why the divorce occurred.”
Q. What was the reason for your mom’s first divorce, if you know?
A. My dad
October 1995 - Did They Really Say That?
Here are a few examples - questions and answers that actually happened in depositions or trials
- from my past et cetera columns.
But Did You Recover?
Q. What did the doctor tell you about your condition?
A. That I had worked up a bad case of lazy.
And the Lawyers
Q. Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?
A. By death.
Q. And by whose death was it terminated?
Death and Experts
Q. Now, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, in most
cases, he just passes quietly away and doesn't know anything about it
until the next morning?
Q. Mr. Slattery, you went on a rather elaborate honeymoon, didn't you?
A. I went to Europe, sir.
Q. You took your new wife?
And the Child Witness
Q. And lastly, Gary, all of your responses must be oral, okay? What school do you go to?
Q. And where do you live?
December 1985 - Clear Up Any Confusion
Q. Was that the same nose you broke as a child?
Attorney: Defendant's DD for identification is an excerpt from a publication called Biochemische Zeitschrift
, and the article is called "Die Rhodanbildung in Tierkorper," by Konrad Lang, l-a-n-g.
Dr. Yamamota, the reporter seems to be having difficulty hearing you
today. He wants me to ask you a question to clarify the record. As far
as I am concerned, the record is clear. But just in case: When you
testified that the body upon which you performed the autopsy had cuts on
the hands, did you say they were fresh
wounds or flesh
A. They were fresh wounds.
Q. Thank you, Dr. Yamamota. Did -
A. Some of the cuts went right through the -
Q. That's all right, Doctor; I'm sure the reporter has it down correctly in the record as "fresh wounds." Thank you.
January 2002 - Did They Really Ask That?
From Senior State District Judge A. D. Azios
of Houston, this incident which took place while he was trying a felony
case as a visiting judge in Montgomery County. The questions are by
Assistant District Attorney Mike Seiler.
Q. Mrs. …, will you please identify yourself to the jury?
A. My name is Mrs. …; I am the complainant’s mother.
Q. Have you been her mother all her life?