May 2008 - Have I Been Courteous to You?
This contribution is from Christopher R. Johnston
of El Paso (Firth, Johnston, Martinez), who writes that he was
finishing up a deposition and took a break to make sure there were no
further questions to be asked of the witness. He then came back on the
record to ask the usual closing questions and got this exchange:
Q. We're back on the record. Mr. [Smith], have I been courteous to you?
A. No, absolutely not. Very Polite.
Q. Okay. [long pause] Have you understood all my questions?
Q. Are there any answers that you have given me today that you might like to change?
Christopher also pointed out that "opposing counsel very wisely did not conduct any redirect."