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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

What do you call a hundred lawyers

Recently overheard law office stories. Both of these incidents allegedly happened within the last year. Not naming names, just passing along....

One. Short story. For some unknown reason, a lawyer asked his clerical staff to take polygraph tests. For some unknown reason, the staff didn't want to take the test and the entire staff quit on the same day.

Two. This could be from a page in a John Grisham novel. Personal injury trial. The plaintiff's lawyer is asked to call the next witness on his list. The witness was to be someone from the hospital who could verify the nature and amounts of certain of the plaintiff's medical bills. The plaintiff's lawyer realizes that the witness is not present in the courthouse. The plaintiff's lawyer further realizes that he neglected to send a subpoena to the witness. Oops. Instead of telling the court and the defense the deal with why the witness is absent, he asks for a recess. Since it's close to lunch time, the judge tells everyone to be back after lunch. The lawyer goes back to his office and convinces one of his secretaries to pose as an administrator from the hospital and testify under oath. For some stupid reason, the secretary agrees, and does it. They got caught. Not sure of the final outcome of the plaintiff's case.

Posted by Marie at September 24, 2002 9:59 PM


Not a comment on this post, but in general: on my computer at least (XP, IE 6) the content on the left side cuts off when the right side ends. The whole page will load, then the screen will shorten to just below the copyright, no matter how long the text on the left goes down below it. Just a heads-up.

Posted by: Peter at September 24, 2002 10:04 PM

I'm about to give up. I'm now on an older computer. While it's not the same configuration as yours (this, 98 1st ed. and IE 4.0), the page loads the same way as you describe. I tried a few things, none of which worked. Now, I have to leave this place, so I'm stuck until later. Thank you, Peter.

Posted by: Marie at September 25, 2002 3:16 PM