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What is the most outrageous thing you have ever heard a witness say on the stand?

Posted Apr 30, 2014 2:30 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui

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We just asked you about the most outrageous thing you've heard a lawyer say during opening or closing statements. And we've asked you about outrageous juror conduct. This week, we want you to turn your attention to your clients and witnesses: What is the most outrageous thing you have ever heard a witness say on the stand?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week's question: Has familiarity with Shakespeare helped you as a lawyer?

Posted by Sue Liemer: "I teach legal writing. Some 1Ls who were English majors struggle to understand how they will ever be able to express themselves using [Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion] as a basic organizational scheme in their writing. So I tell them: 'Shakespeare wrote masterpieces in 14 lines of iambic pentameter, with a rhyming couplet at the end. You don’t need to write a masterpiece. You just need to apply the law to your client’s problem in a format most lawyers are used to seeing.' The impossibility of any of us being Shakespeare makes them smile and relax a little."

This week's question was suggested by Kathy King. Do you have an idea for a future question of the week? If so, contact us.

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