THE LAST PAGE: Momentary lapse of humor

Preparation
Q. Okay. Is there anything else that you did to prepare for today that we haven’t talked about?
A. I got up and got dressed.

Elsa Jorgensen
Birmingham, Mich.
Undercover attorney
MR. SMITH: I’ll represent to you that they’re all Smith & Smith attorneys present.
MR. JONES: Okay.
THE WITNESS: What about the lady?
MR. SMITH: She’s an attorney.
THE WITNESS: Okay.
MR. JONES: Sometimes we travel in plain clothes. You can’t always tell.

Laurie Collins, RPR
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Just checking
Q. Was the accident all your fault?
A. No.
Q. Trying to give you an out.

Denyce Sanders, RDR, CRR
Houston, Texas
Never mind!

Q. Still love him as much today as you did the day before this accident?
A. Absolutely.
Q. It hasn’t impacted your intimate life or your —
A. We’re in our 60s and 70s.
Q. An honest answer finally in all the years I’ve been doing this. You’d be surprised at the number of people that claim to have extremely — and hopefully for them they’re telling the truth, if they do —
A. With his medical history, his heart, can’t do it anymore, let’s put it that way.
Q. I think I’m embarrassing myself more than anyone else in the room.

Debra M. Arter, RDR, CRR
Rockledge, Fla.
What’s in a name?
Q. What’s your brother’s name, though?
A. Ed Michael.
Q. Blessed with two first names just to make things confusing.

Carrie Arnold, RPR, CRR
Arvada, Colo.

How times have changed
Q. Do you know how you would have been contacted?
A. Not positive but generally the builders send a request to bid.
Q. How do they send that?
A. Either a phone call and/or something in the mail at that time.
Q. So no e-mails or faxes or —
A. Not back then, I don’t think.
Q. You talk like it was the Stone Age.
MR. SMITH: Pigeons.
THE WITNESS: Not that long ago.
MR. SMITH: Pigeons.
THE WITNESS: Possibly a fax.

Renee Bencich, RPR
Galt, Calif.
I guess you can be treated after death

Q. Have you had any conversations with any of the doctors that were treating your husband following his death?
A. Just his primary doctor.

Sharon M. Champa, RMR
Lathrup Village, Mich.

It’s all a matter of perspective

Q: You said he was a small man. How tall is Coach Jones?
A: I’m not sure. He’s under six feet.
Q: Coach Jones said in his statement that he’s six feet.
A: It doesn’t surprise me that he would say that. Most men do want to be six feet.

Elizabeth A. Tubbert, RPR
Highland, Mich.
Dancing on thin ice
A. He saw that I was falling, and he knew I was going to fall, so he was able to somehow brace himself from following through with his almost fall. I saw him start to do the Lord of the Dance thing, but he didn’t fall, luckily.

Virginia Dodge, RDR, CRR
Boston, Mass.

Yes or no
Q. But they didn’t give you anything like OxyContin or —
A. No.
Q. — Vicodin?
A. No, no, no, no.
MR. SMITH: You only need to say it once.
THE WITNESS: I just want to make sure that he heard me.
BY MR. JONES: Q. So that was a “yes”?
A. No.
MR. SMITH: We’re a friendly bunch today.

Dominique Isabeau
Daly City, Calif.
Just get this visual

Q. Okay. Did the — the fundal — the McRoberts maneuver is pushing the mom’s legs all the way back?
A. It is flexing her thighs against her abdomen.
Q. Okay. Pushing her legs all the way back up, her leg like this?
A. Yes.
Q. Okay. Pushing both legs up like this as far as you can, bending the knees all the way up?

Christine Phipps, RPR
North Palm Beach, Fla.

 

The end
Q. And — I just lost my train of thought. Give me a second here.
MR. DOE: You were about to say, “I have no further questions.”

Elsa Jorgensen
Birmingham, Mich.