March 2005 - Did They Really Say That?
From Kristy Crawford of
Tyler (court reporter for Judge Carole Clark, 321st District Court),
this excerpt from a recent proceeding in court:
Mr. Sinclair: Judge, I agree with most of what Mr. Hogan said, but not everything.
The Court: Okay.
Sinclair: You did order it just the way it reads on the docket sheet,
Judge. … The issue here is why did you order that? First of all, you
The Court: I can’t tell you why.
Mr. Sinclair: I’m going to, hopefully,refresh your memory.
The Court: No. But, I mean, you can’t inquire into the judicial process of the brain.
Mr. Hogan: Of “the” brain?
The Court: Of the judge’s brain — if she has one.
April 2005 - A Marvelous Answer
This contribution from David W. Lindemood
of Midland is from a CPS trial before District Judge Dean Rucker (318th District Court) in which Lindemood was the attorney ad litem
for the child. The witness, who was the CASA guardian ad litem
, is being questioned by Chris McCormack of Midland.
Q. As I understand your testimony about Ms. Ybarra's residence, living
situation, you only went into one of the homes that she lived in? Do I
have that right?
Q. Two. And on each occasion that you went in there, the residence was
clean and orderly, generally - or actually, one was clean and orderly,
and one was a little messy, a bachelor pad, as I recall now.
A. That's right.
Q. But no - other than being a little messy, it was not filthy or dirty? Umkempt?
A. It was being swept up and picked up with a shovel.
October 1987 - Did I Really Say That?
of Dallas (Murrell & Freeman) explains - with appropriate
initial caps - that this excerpt was found in an Actual Deposition taken by a
Partner in a Big Firm. After the lawyer "had cautioned the witness to be certain
that he understood the questions before answering them," he then made the
The reason for that is that the answers that you
give will be presumed to have been given by you after you have understood the
question. If for some reason you do not understand the question or you need it
to be rephrased, please ask us to do so, so that we don't later read an answer
and feel that you fully understood the question that was asked.
that, personally he has "always hoped to find a witness who could answer that
question, 'At least you'll know I thought I understood the question.'"
May 2008 - I Was A Hot Dog
This contribution from District Judge Ron Ennis
of Dumas (69th Judicial District). It involves a wrongful termination case that Ron heard by assignment in Randall County, Charlotte Bingham
of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam of Lubbock was questioning the jury panel about their experience with losing employment.
Ms. Bingham: Did your - the employer have any kind of grievance
procedure that you could follow in connection with your termination?
Ms. Bingham: I think I got everybody on that side. Anybody else on this side who was terminated? Sir, how long ago was it?
Juror: Fifteen, give or take.
Ms. Bingham: Okay. Do you believe you were wrongfully terminated?
Juror: I was a hot dog and didn't have enough mustard to go around.
Ms. Bingham: Okay.
September 2002 - Did They Really Say That?
From District Judge David V. Wilson
of Lufkin (217th Judicial District), this mistake he found in a
Probable Cause Affidavit typed by a deputy constable whose name will
"... While searching the vehicle this deputy
located a small brown bottle. ... The Defendant stated that it was
cocaine. The Defendant was informed of his Marinade Warning