Q. What is the smartest thing you have seen someone do in court?
answered by Jim Pearson, Lawyer (1983-present)
It was 1985 … We were in Court. In trial. With a jury.
In the middle of the case the opposing side “found” a recording which damaged us.
The Judge and both sides listened to it before letting the jury hear it.
The Judge asked my boss, “Do you have any basis to exclude this?”
My boss asked the Bailiff for a phone book. Remember those? Paper and about 6” high.
He looked inside the cover of the phone book. There were the “Tariffs” under which SW Bell operated.
Printed there was a statutory requirement that recorded phone calls must have a beep every 3 seconds.
He handed it to the Judge. The judge ruled that, since there were no beeps, the recording could not come in.
We won that case.
There are others, but this is a favorite.
Jim, down in Texas