HOW DO COURT RECORDERS KEEP STRAIGHT FACES????

HOW DO COURT RECORDERS KEEP STRAIGHT FACES????

These are from a book

called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY:

What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?

WITNESS: He

said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’

ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?

WITNESS:

My name is Susan!

_______________________________

ATTORNEY: What gear were

you in at the moment of the impact?

WITNESS: Gucci sweats and

Reeboks.

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ATTORNEY: Are you

sexually active?

WITNESS: No, I just lie

there.

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ATTORNEY: What is your

date of birth?

WITNESS: July 18th.

ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS:

Every year.

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ATTORNEY: How old is

your son, the one living with you?

WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I

can’t remember which.

ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?

WITNESS:

Forty-five years.

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ATTORNEY: This

myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

WITNESS:

Yes.

ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

WITNESS: I

forget..

ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

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ATTORNEY: Now doctor,

isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar

exam?

____________________________________

ATTORNEY: The youngest son,

the 20-year-old, how old is he?

WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your

IQ.

___________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Were you

present when your picture was taken?

WITNESS: Are you kidding

me?

_________________________________________

ATTORNEY: So the date of

conception (of the baby) was August 8th?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: And what

were you doing at that time?

WITNESS: Duh !!!!!

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ATTORNEY: She had

three children , right?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: How many were

boys?

WITNESS: None.

ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?

WITNESS: Your

Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

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ATTORNEY: How was

your first marriage terminated?

WITNESS: By death..

ATTORNEY: And by whose

death was it terminated?

WITNESS: Take a

guess.

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ATTORNEY: Can you

describe the individual?

WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard

ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?

WITNESS: Unless the Circus

was in town I’m going with

male.

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ATTORNEY: Is your appearance

here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

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ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many

of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?

WITNESS: All of them.

The live ones put up too much of a

fight.

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ATTORNEY: ALL your

responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?

WITNESS:

Oral…

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ATTORNEY: Do you recall

the time that you examined the body?

WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM

ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

WITNESS: If not, he was

by the time I

finished.

____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Are you

qualified to give a urine sample?

WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that

question?

______________________________________

And

last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood

pressure?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?

WITNESS:

No..

ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure,

Doctor?

WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

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