[Editor's Note: This is a different list of courtroom humor than the one in
"Disorder in the Court" by Richard Lederer, which has been going around the
net for a while. The other list can be found in the "True" section of my
main humor page, http://www.castle.net/~tina/fun.html.]
From: email@example.com (Jeff Lee)
Subject: Humor in Lawsuits (long)
I work in a court reporting office; in addition to my normal
computer-related duties, I also proofread deposition transcripts during
I've built up a pretty long list of humorous things that occasionally
occur; unintentional (or intentional) double-entendres, witnesses (and
lawyers) not paying attention to what they're really saying, and so forth.
Here are some of the better ones that I (and some others in the office)
have run across.
*** Names have been changed to protect all parties. ***
Q: I hate to be nosy, but how old are you?
A: Forty-three. That's okay. You're nosy enough. You might as well put that
Q: Did she appear to be in any pain? In other words, just looking at her,
did she look like she was hurting?
A: She's so ugly it looks like she hurts all the time.
ATTORNEY: I object to that as being a question impossible to answer;
outside this person's expertise; and I don't know what it means.
DEF ATT: I object to that as being an improper question and this man cannot
answer the question.
PLTF ATT: Go sit on it.
Q: What happened in that accident?
A: I was going around the corner and it was wet and rainy outside, and I
kind of slid down an embankment and went into some bushes.
Q: Were the police called out to that?
A: A state trooper came out. And he gave me a careless driving ticket
because he told me he had to give me a ticket. I didn't fight it, because
it was my word against the bushes, I guess you could say.
THE WITNESS: The relevant question here is --
ATTORNEY 1: Well, why don't you let her ask a question?
ATTORNEY 2: Let her ask --
THE WITNESS: I thought you did. Okay.
ATTORNEY 3: I thought I did, too.
ATTORNEY 1: Well, I don't know what it is.
ATTORNEY 3: The witness does, and I do.
THE WITNESS: What's your question?
Q: Dr. Smith, how are you --
A: Just fine.
A: Just fine. I'm ready to go.
Q: Okay. Great. How are you employed?
A: You've got to figure I'm a pretty conservative lady. This is the first
concert I had ever been to.
Q: Of any kind?
A: Well, I take that back. I went to Jerry Lee Lewis when I was 16 years
Q: There was no shooting at that concert, was there?
A: No. A whole lot of shaking going on, but no shooting.
Q: What was your attorney's name?
A: It was John Smith, right here in Tampa.
LAWYER 1: Right out the window.
THE WITNESS: Right. So what I'm getting --
LAWYER 2: Let the record be clear that Mr. Smith is not hanging out the
THE WITNESS: I don't know. Knowing John, he could be.
Q: Is that the only license you hold?
A: I have a marriage license.
Q: You're not a realtor or a plumber or anything else like that?
A: No. They don't require a license to have children, which they should.
A: Well, I have never heard of anything like that, but I suppose any help
at the time would have been a help.
Q: And the serratus anterior nerve that -- or the nerves that go to it,
where do they come from?
A: The neck, the cervical region.
Q: From the cervical region?
Q: And did you do any examination of his cervical -- of his cervix -- to
determine if there was any problem with his nerves going through his neck?
A: He doesn't have a cervix, but, yes, I examined the biceps.
Q: How long have you been married to her?
A: Nineteen years.
Q: Is that your only marriage?
A: Yes, it is, that I know of.
Q: Do you recall discussing with John Smith that if you were in a
deposition or anything like that and you don't want to give the right
answer, all you have to say is, "I don't know. I don't recall"?
A: No. I don't remember.
Q: No one went with you from Foobar to assist you. Correct?
A: It seems to me -- not from Foobar. Like I said, it was a long time ago.
I mean, my memory is as short as my peter.
A: Obsessive-compulsive symptoms: Sometimes checks his own activities.
Suicidal and homicidal ideations: Sometimes he has suicidal ideations
regarding his car or truck every couple of days, particularly following
contact with his attorney.
Q: Do you recall if you had any alcohol or anything to drink prior to the
A: Yes, I did.
Q: What did you have, if you remember?
A: I think I had a Fuzzy Navel.
Q: You ought to have a doctor look at that. Just kidding.
Q: Do you consider him to be competent in that area?
A: I don't know. I don't have any basis to remark about the competency of
his engineering. I do know he's dead.
A: There are very few production places in North Dakota.
ATTORNEY: Generally speaking, there are very few places in North Dakota.
Q: And where does sandblasting fit in your scale of being a prestigious
job? Do you think that's a prestigious job?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: Okay. More so than working in a factory, I guess.
A: Yes, sir.
Q: Everybody's entitled to their opinion, I guess. I don't know. Maybe
MR. JONES: Ranks above lawyers.
MR. SMITH: Yeah, I bet.
MR. JONES: Because everybody does that.
MR. SMITH: Yeah.
MR. SMITH: If I could just have a one-minute break sometime, whenever you
feel you're --
MR. JONES: This is a good time.
(Recess from 2:41 p.m. to 3:03 p.m.)
Q: Do you have any reason to believe that the decision to have Mr. Jones,
Mr. Brown and yourself work on Foobar products to the exclusion of the EMS
products listed in group 3 and 4 of Exhibit -- of the December 5 chart was
made or --
MR. SMITH: Can you read that back, and maybe I can try and figure out what
I wanted to ask.
Q: Oh, okay. So you had a conversation with Mr. Smith about the SeaTower at
some point --
Q: -- prior to his death?
Q: And what is it about that particular night that you recall that you
didn't eat at the Holiday Inn?
A: What is it that I remember that I didn't eat?
Q: What was Linda drinking, if anything?
A: She was drinking one of them -- one of them lady drinks. I don't know
what it was.
Q: She had about the same as you?
A: No. Huh-uh. She doesn't drink much. She'll just have one drink, and
she'll suck on it all night long.
Q: Next time you saw him?
A: August 12, 1991. Checked tonsils -- no, I'm sorry, checked testicle.
Must be mother asking. But I didn't find anything wrong with testicle. On
the contrary, I noticed there was an ear problem.
Q: And Detroit Murphy -- what is that? Is that a school or --
A: It's Mercy, not Murphy.
Q: Oh, Mercy?
A: I'm sorry. Yeah, Mercy.
Q: Oh, I'm sorry. Mercy.
A: Yeah, Detroit Mercy is a college, and they do it like through the Jesuit
priests program. They do things with young boys.
MR. SMITH: Let me ask you, sir, to identify what I am going to have marked
as Defendant's Exhibit No. 1.
MR. JONES: Okay.
(Exhibit No. 1 marked for identification.)
A: He has nice big ones.
MR. JONES: I have got the same ones, and I had them blown.
Q: Could you please, in your own words, desribe where you're touching on
A: Right here.
Q: All right. Now, where is "right here"?
A: Right here.
Q: Is that your leg?
A: No, sir. My leg is here. That's my stomach. I got two stomachs right
here. But he was --
Q: All right. You have two stomachs.
Q: Why do you handle the family finances?
A: Because my mom and sister ain't that bright.
Q: Did you notice any differences in the plaintiff during the fishing trip
after the accident and the times you had been with him before?
Q: Can you tell the jury about that? A: After a long period of time holding
his rod, you could see he had to sit down for a period of time.
Q: How far apart are the rungs on the ladder?
A: They're usually about 12 inches to a foot.
Q: What did you do for Johnson & Sons Formal Wear?
A: I was a presser.
Q: Who was your boss there?
A: I forget his name. He's the owner.
MR. SMITH: Johnson.
A: Yeah. It's a father-and-son operation.
Q: You don't have any intention of dismissing Jane Smith anytime soon, do
A: No. Sometimes I wish I could eat her, and other times you want to hug
her up and kiss her nose.
A: Mr. Jones and I had had a disagreement, the exact nature of which I
don't remember, but it was over some aspect of my work that he wanted me to
perform in a manner different than, I guess, I was performing it. And Mr.
Jones's -- excuse my language coming up -- Mr. Jones said, "If you fuck
with me, I'll kill you."
Q: When he said, "If you fuck with me, I'll kill you," how did you
Q: Has anybody else ever threatened to kill you?
A: No. Somebody put a gun to my neck once, but I don't think he threatened
to use it.
Q: Was that in an employment contact or not?
A: No. It was a social contact.
Q: Is there a difference between a reconditioned and rebuilt piece of
equipment in your mind, if you have one?
Q: So the first thing that you heard was the one that you overheard with
Mr. Jones stating that he didn't want any women in his department. And then
second time when you were in this exact conversation would have been after
the first time?
Q: Have you tried any type of rehabilitation or work retraining?
A: No. No, sir.
Q: Why not?
A: Because I ain't too bright.
Q: And, Doctor, are you a member of the profession? Correct?
A: What profession?
Q: The medical profession.
A: Oh, yes, sir.
Q: And what profession are you a member of?
A: The medical profession.
Q: I would like you to turn to the next page, dated June 9, 1993.
Q: Do you recall this incident occurring?
A: Yes. The night before that I had eaten at Beachcomber's Restaurant. And
I had crab. And I had vomited in the --
Q: I assure you on this question a simple "Yes" or "No" will do.
Q: Anything else you like to do a lot?
A: Look out the window.
Q: Have you got a good view?
Q: You just like to look out there?
Q: What can you see from your window?
A: The apartments in front of us.
Q: I guess there's usually a lot of activity out there.
A: Not no more.
Q: How come?
A: The drug dealer moved away.
Q: Okay. Did it become a shouting match at any time?
Q: It did?
A: A big one.
Q: And what was the net result?
A: I left, was the result. I left. I basically told him that I didn't care
how big his dick was.
Q: How did that comment come up?
A: It just came out.
Q: Okay. Why did you make that comment? Does he talk about, you know, his
penis a lot?
A: Yeah, he always talks about his penis. He thinks it's the greatest thing
that ever walked on earth.
Q: And what was the reason given to you for the fact you were let go?
A: The reason given to me was garnishing a knife and arguing with the
Q: Is the south boundary of the north half of the southeast quarter of the
northwest quarter the same line as the north boundary of the south half of
the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter?
Q: Do you currently have normal bowel movements?
Q: In what way have they changed?
A: I have a lot more gas that I -- I fart a lot more; and when I do,
they're much stronger than the normal person. Isn't that true, Jane? I know
it's not funny, but it's true.