My son brought home a flyer from school about a youth soccer league, asking parents and coaches to teach certain attributes to their children. These qualities included morals, sharing, patience, persistence and “how to lose”. According to the flyer, winning was not important. Instead, the flyer suggested sitting down after each game or practice and telling each child how great he or she did!
The judge doesn’t know either of you and has seen this all too many times before. You two aren’t the real reason the judge is sitting there, the children are. Your attorney is good, but let’s assume your ex’s attorney is at least equally good. All the judge gets is this exposure to decide the future of your children. Do you believe that you are really ready? Do you realize that the outcome of today’s hearing will affect you and your children for years and years? Now tell yourself again that you are really ready!
And who was at fault when the patient died on the surgery table? Was it the hospital, the internist, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the nurse, the manufacturer of the shunt, or the HMO? There will be an Expert witness directory for and against each position.
If the lawyer you choose has experience in acting as a prosecutor in a case, this could be to your advantage. They will have first hand knowledge as to how other cases have proceeded and they can use this information in setting up your defense. They will have the expertise needed to counter prosecution charges.
Don’t forget that these people have nothing at stake. They are making a witness statement about something that they weren’t involved in. People know they aren’t obligated to make a statement to you. That means you should approach them calmly and politely. You want them to want to talk to you. Don’t be forceful with your questions, and don’t demand anything of them. Act grateful and thankful for anything they offer.
One of the most chilling instances during the trial was hearing the voice of Michael Jackson in some sort of drug induced state. It was never clear as to why Dr. Murray taped recorded this on May 10, 2009.
I believe another reason is that juries are becoming tougher to convince. Many television shows depict courtroom dramas. These even include real trials that keep us glued for information, like O.J. Simpson’s murder trial. During Michael Jackson’s trial, we couldn’t avoid hearing tidbits. The regular network schedules are filled with 30-minute “people’s court” type shows. We’ve become a country of folks almost painfully aware of the legal arena. I’d even venture a guess that if we haven’t been involved in a lawsuit ourselves, we personally know several people who have been.
If the attorney says something incorrect in his question, briefly describe why it is wrong, demonstrating once again that you know your material. If the attorney asks a correctly phrased question, answer it as clearly and as succinctly as possible. You should rarely elaborate unless and until the attorney asks specifically for you to do so.