Why Lawyers should never ask a witness a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.....
In a trial, a small town prosecuting attorney called his first witness
to the stand. The witness was grand motherly, elderly woman.
He approached her and asked, "Mrs.Jones, do you know me?" She
responded, "Why, yes I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a
young boy and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you
cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk
about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you
haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a
two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you"
The Lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across
the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones. Do you know the defence attorney?" She
again replied, "Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a
youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a
normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst
in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three
different women, one of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."
The defense attorney almost died.
The judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench, and in a very
Quiet voice, said, "If either of you asks her if she knows me, I'll
throw you in jail for contempt "...