From 1980 to 2008, U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer entertained lawyers far and wide with his "et cetera" column in the Texas Bar Journal.
For this page, we've reached into the vault to bring you classic material spanning two decades of courtroom humor, most of which comes straight from actual depostions and trials.
January 23, 2014
May 1990 - Many of Us Have the Same Problem Tom
Jerome Aldrich of
Angleton (and a Brazoria County assistant district attorney) sent this
trial excerpt with the simple observation that it "shows that all
prosecutor Tom Selleck (not related to the movie star of the same name) and the defense attorney, Lloyd Stansbury, wanted during jury voir dire was an UNBIASED jury."
Mr. Selleck: I certainly thank ya'll for your time and you've been very
helpful to myself. Anybody that has any questions of me based on
anything I've said? Okay. Thank you.
Ms. Grigsby: You're not going to use the back row?
Mr. Selleck: Well, I'm a laywer and if I talk to the back row it will take another 45 minutes.
Ms. Grigsby: You know what, I find you very attractive and I might be
biased in a different sense. I'm afraid I might decide for you.
Mr. Selleck: That's a first for me I assure you, but thank you.
The Court: Counsel, you have exceeded your 45-minutes, if that helps you any.
Mr. Selleck: Thank you, Your Honor. The judge has given me my out. Thank you very much.