The following items are from a book titled DISORDER IN THE COURT: GREAT FRACTURED MOMENTS IN COURTROOM HISTORY by Charles M. Seville -- they are portions from actual transcripts in American courts.
Q: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?
Q: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
Q: Do you now wear corrective glasses?
A: There are three of you.
Q: No. There's only one of me.
Q: Are you sexually active?
A: No, I just lie there.
Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July 18th.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.
Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget? Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?
Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.
Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.
Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo or the occult?
A: We both do.
A: We do.
Q: You do?
A: Yes, voodoo.
Q: And y'all had a very intimate relationship, didn't you, Ms. A.?
A: We had sex two times. It wasn't very intimate.
Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
Q: And what were you doing at that time?
Q: She had three children, right?
Q: How many were boys?
Q: Were there any girls?
Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?
Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male, or a female?
Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
Q: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
Q: Are you related to her in some way by marriage?
A: We are brother and sister-in-law.
Q: Are you married to O's sister?
A: I am married to O's sister by the church, by the law, and because I am a fool.
Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.
Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
A: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
Q: Did you check for breathing?
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law
Quote for the Day -- "Lawyers spend a great deal of time shoveling smoke." Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Bret Burquest is the author of 9 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where what lawyers do is called "practice."