Sunday, March 20, 2011

Courts of chaos

If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer's credibility ...

Q:  Officer --  did you see my client fleeing the scene?
A:   No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.
Q:   Officer -- who provided this description?
A:   The officer who responded to the scene.
Q:   A fellow officer provided  the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?
A:    Yes, sir. With my life.
Q:    With your life? Let me ask you this then, officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?
A:   Yes sir, we do.
Q:   And do you have a locker in the  room?
A:   Yes sir, I do.
Q:   And do you have a lock on your locker?
A:   Yes sir.
Q:   Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?
A:   You see, sir -- we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.

From Gerallt.

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