March 05, 2015

May 2005 - Did He Really Say That?

The following excerpt from Michael R. Miller of Belton, who represented the respondent in this hearing before Judge Rick Morris (146th District Court). Michael White of Temple represented the petitioner.

Q. How tall are you?

A. Six foot five. When I'm in a good mood. It goes lower as my mood goes down.

March 04, 2015

May 1993 - Did He Really Say That?

From George M. Walker of Mobile, AL (Hand, Arendall, etc.), this excerpt from "one of the first depositions [he] ever attended" - of a "retired insulator from a local shipbuilding company in an asbestos case" (so there were, "as usual, 25 defense lawyers around a conference room table peppering [the witness] with questions:"

Q. What was your father's name?

A. I don't know, we always called him "Dad."

March 03, 2015

January 2007 - The Love Fest

This contribution, from Charles W. Hury of McAllen is an excerpt from a deposition he took:

Q. I sure will. When you set up this partnership — and by the way, I just want to make the record clear. I am not trying to trap you in any way whatsoever. You are a man of immense experience and my respects to you. So I am not trying to trap you. You have a lawyer here, who is very able/experienced, so please don’t misunderstand my question here. Now —

A. I have great respect for you, too, sir.

Q. Appreciate that.

Mr. Hury: All right. Now, that the love fest is over, let’s get back to the damn deposition.

March 02, 2015

September 2000 - Did They Really Say That?

From Sharon Emerson of Corpus Christi (Sharon is a Paralegal/Marine Investigator for the Kleberg Law Firm), this exchange that took place during "a summary judgment hearing concerning negligent hiring and subsequent embezzlement, before visiting Judge Henry G. Schuble."

Judge Schuble: Well, you hired a convicted criminal, didn't you?

Defendant Attorney: No, Your Honor. He was a shoplifter.

February 27, 2015

March 1998 - But I'll Try To Do Better

Emmett Colvin of Dallas (Of Counsel to Bruner, McColl) admists that "the late Jim Bowie — of Dallas, not the Alamo — and I told this story so many times with embellishments, that the truth may been lost in the process." Nevertheless, "the complaining witness in an attempted murder case came to the D.A.'s office for questioning," and this took place:

Q. O.K. Henry, tell us what happened.

A. Well, I was in this bar and this other dude and I got into a tussle and he said that he was going home to get his gun and shoot me!

Q. What happened then?

A. Well, that's exactly what happened. He came back in with his gun and I was standing in front of the bar. He shot me in the stomach and I fell back, flat on my back. Then he looked down at me and said, "You ain't dead yet — I'm gonna shoot you again!"

Q. What did you do, Henry?

A. Well, I didn't do nothing. I just looked at him and said, "Wait a minute man — gimme time — I'm dying as fast as I can."