Listed below are ten of the top legal blunders made by either lawyers or witnesses during US court trials. The following are real extracts taken from official court records. I solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But maybe also something incredibly stupid….
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Funniest Legal Blunders
10 – Diagnosis: Death
Lawyer: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
Lawyer: Did you check for blood pressure?
Lawyer: Did you check for breathing?
Lawyer: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
Lawyer: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
Witness: Because his brain was sitting on my desk, in a jar.
Lawyer: But could the patient have still been alive, never the less?
Witness: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practising law somewhere.
9 – A Crime of Fashion
Lawyer: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
Witness: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
8 – You can choose your family but not your lawyers…
Lawyer: What is your relationship with the plaintiff?
Witness: She is my daughter.
Lawyer: Was she your daughter on February 13, 1979?
7 – Picture Perfect
Lawyer: I show you Exhibit 3 and ask you if you recognize that picture.
Witness: That’s me.
Lawyer: Were you present when that picture was taken?
6 – If you go down to the woods today…
Lawyer: Doctor, did you say he was shot in the woods?
Witness: No, I said he was shot in the lumbar region.
5 – A Matter of Life and Stupidity
Lawyer: What happened then?
Witness: He told me, he says, ‘I have to kill you because you can identify me’
Lawyer: Did he kill you?
4 – Till Death Do Us Part
Lawyer: How was your first marriage terminated?
Witness: By death.
Lawyer: And by whose death was it terminated?
3 – Crash!
Lawyer: How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?
2 – Something Spooky
Lawyer: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo or the occult?
Witness: We both do.
Witness: We do.
Lawyer: You do?
Witness: Yes, voodoo.
1- Age before IQ
Lawyer: How old is your son, the one living with you?
Witness: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.
Lawyer: How long has he lived with you?
Witness: Forty-five years.