After the defendant's attorney finished his questions, I stepped up to the podium to start my questions. I start out with one it's not all that important and really just kind of a throwaway question. And the conversation proceeds something like this:
Me: Mrs. Patterson, how long is the driveway?At this point I decided try something different. During his questioning, defense counsel and asked her how far she was from where the incident took place. He'd done that without asking her actual distances; he just asked if it was about the distance from the witness box to the defense table. And she didn't have any problems with that.
Mrs. Patterson: I don't have ruler. I don't know.
Me: Well then, about how long is the driveway?
Mrs. Patterson: I don't have a ruler; I've never gone out measured it. I don't know.
Me: Well, is it 100 feet? 70 feet?
Mrs. Patterson: Like I said, I don't know. I'm not good with distances.
Me: Let's try it a different way. Is the driveway as long as the courtroom, or maybe two courtrooms?At this point I just moved on to other questions. I'm still not exactly sure what the lady hoped to gain by refusing to tell me how long the driveway was.
Mrs. Patterson: I don't know. I never measured it. And I don't know how long this courtroom is.
Me: So you can't tell the jury how long the driveway is?
Mrs. Patterson: No. I don't how long the driveway is.