These are from a book called Disorder in the Court. These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters – who had to bear the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.
Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.
Q: What gear were you in at the moment of
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect
your memory at all?
Q: And in what ways does it affect your
A: I forget.
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of
something that you’ve
Q: How old is your son, the one living with
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.
Q: What was the first thing your husband
said to you when he woke up
A: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?”
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.
Q: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a
person dies in his sleep, he
doesn’t know about it until the next
Q: The youngest son, the twenty-year old,
how old is he?
Q: Were you present when your picture was
Q: So the date of conception (of the baby)
was August 8th?
Q: And what were you doing at that time?
Q: She had three children, right?
Q: How many were boys?
Q: Were there any girls?
Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?
Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a
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
Q: All your responses must be oral, OK? What
school did you go to?
Q: Do you recall the time that you examined
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering
why I was doing an
Q: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy,
did you check for a pulse?
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
Q: Did you check for breathing?
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient
was alive when you began
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk
in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been
alive, never the less?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have
been alive and practicing law