Court Questions

These are classic, actual questions that attorneys have asked witnesses:

Q: Was it you, or your brother, that was killed in the war?

Q: What happened then?
A: He said: "I'll have to kill you because you can ID me."
Q: And did he kill you?

Q: Were you alone, or by yourself?

Q: Was that the same nose you broke as a child?

Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, in most cases he just passes quietly away and doesn't know anything about it until the next morning?

Q: The youngest son, the 20 year old, how old is he?

Q: I show you exhibit 3 and ask you if you recognize that picture.
A: That's me.
Q: Were you present when that picture was taken?

Q: Now Ms. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Ms. Jones, do you believe you are emotionally stable?
A: I used to be.
Q: How many times have you committed suicide?

Q: So you were gone until you returned?

Q: You don't know what it was, and you didn't know what it looked like. But can you describe it?

Q: She had 3 children, right?
A: Yes.
Q: How many were boys?
A: None
Q: And were there any girls?

Q: Do you know how far pregnant you are now?
A: I'll be 3 months on November 8.
Q: Apparently then the date of conception was August 8?
A: Yes.
Q: What were you doing at that time?

Q: Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?
A: I refuse to answer that question.
Q: Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicago?
A: I refuse to answer that question.
Q: Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?
A: No.

Q: What is your relationship with the plaintiff?
A: She is my daughter.
Q: Was she your daughter on February 13, 1979?

Q: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?"
A: "No"
Q: "Did you check for blood pressure?"
A: "No"
Q: "Did you check for breathing?"
A: "No"
Q: "So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?"
A: "No"
Q: "How can you be sure, doctor?"
A: "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar."
Q: "But could that patient have still been alive nevertheless?"
A: "It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere."

Q: "How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?"

Q: "Mr. Slatery, you went on a rather elaborate honeymoon, didn't you."
A: "I went to Europe, sir."
Q: "And you took your new wife?"

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: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: All your responses must be oral, ok? What school did you go to?
A: Oral.

Q: When he went, had you gone and had she, if she wanted to and were able, for the time being excluding all the restraints on her not to go, gone also, would he have brought you, meaning you and she, with him to the station?
Mr. Brooks: Objection. That question should be taken out and shot.

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