25 April 2011

How to Tell the Jury Trial is Going to be Difficult

You know that it's going to be a long day when the judge introduces the parties to the jury like this:

"Ladies and gentlemen, the attorney sitting at the table closest to you, with her client, is Martha Hampton. I always have to ask what her name actually is before I introduce her to a jury because for the last 25 years that she has been practicing law here in Pitcairn county everyone has always called her 'Honor.' I think her daddy gave her that nickname, just like he called her brother Martin, who owns the big car dealership in the town of Lesterton, 'Tiger.' She's been doing this for a while and she'll be defending Mr. Jones today."

"And the Commonwealth is represented by Ken Lammers."

"Now, I'm going to give some preliminary instructions . . ."

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