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Amazing: What lawyers and other people said in court.

I've been through a few depositions, and based on those experiences, I can testify that this rings very true:

Q: What is your date of birth?

A: July fifteen.

Q: What year?

A: Every year.


Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?

A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.


Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

A: Yes.

Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

A: I forget.

Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?


Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?

A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.

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 that morning?

A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"

Q: And why did that upset you?

A: My name is Susan.


Q: And where was the location of the accident?

A: Approximately milepost 499.

Q: And where is milepost 499?

A: Probably between milepost 498 and 500.


Q: Sir, what is your IQ?

A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.


Q: Did you blow your horn or anything?

A: After the accident?

Q: Before the accident.

A: Sure, I played for ten years. I even went to school for it.


Q: Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?

A: Yes.

Q: Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: What did she say?

A: What disco am I at?


Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about
it until the next morning?


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


Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?


Q: Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?


Q: Did he kill you?


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


Q: You were there until the time you left, is that true?


Q: How many times have you committed suicide?


Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?

A: Yes.

Q: And what were you doing at that time?


Q: She had three children, right?

A: Yes.

Q: How many were boys?

A: None.

Q: Were there any girls?


Q: You say the stairs went down to the basement?

A: Yes.

Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?


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: 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 beard.

Q: Was this a male, or a female?


Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice
which I sent to your attorney?

A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.


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: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?

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?

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 so sure, Doctor?

A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?

A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.


Q: You were not shot in the fracas?

A: No, I was shot midway between the fracas and the navel.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is currently really good! Keep it up. Enjoyed the deposition so much I can not stop laughing, and my sides are splitting. More of this stuff, please!

Then, see if you can do something similar on the *superiority* of American Medical Care vs that of Europe!

Let me give you a starting point. Two weeks ago I saw my internist, and my cholesterol was not nearly as beautiful as normally; she had a FIT! Told me not to eat fats, and carbohydrates and, well she went down the list. So, the conclusion was, no food at all for me! And I asked, "no sex either?" She responded:" well if you do not have any sex then you may have a nicely cooked meal twice a month! You have to have something!". Twice a month! That is, I presume, because in my seventies I should neither have sex nor food. I have outstayed my welcome! She is from India, though, maybe in India you can have a nicely cooked meal twice a month IF you forego sex.

Blogger Joan Russo, Ph.D. said...

Dear Anony,

I totally agree with you and I am 50! American medicine does not want to try any treatments that do not involve PHARMA making money. And when most American legislature's and the president receive money from PHARMA, it only goes to reason, but of course this is purely speculation, that PHARMA treatments, NO matter the inconvenience TO THE CONSUMER are all that is offered. If you desire another course of treatment, you have no options because most family doctors will not even envision alternative forms of treatment that will not provide perks.


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