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Why Didn’t My Witness Do What I Told Him To Do During Witness Preparation?
By Robert Gerchen
It’s a universal experience. Nearly every attorney who has ever sat down for witness preparation before a deposition or before trial to provide clear instructions and guidelines about what to say/not say or what to do/not do has at some point found himself asking:
“Why didn’t s/he listen to me?!”
Testifying is an unnatural act. We – and by “we” I mean civilians – don’t speak entirely in questions and answers. We have conversations. We nod. We assent. We interject. We discuss.
I am not a dinosaur. Except that I prefer e-mail to texting, and I forget that my students have never used a record player or lived without the Internet, and I’m not near the national average of 14 daily visits to Facebook. When I need to know how to turn off a nagging dashboard light, I prefer written instructions over YouTube, and I do not video every concert and papal investiture I attend. I still have two landline phone numbers.
Omigosh! That last one. I AM a dinosaur!
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, more than 41 percent of American households have no landline phone, relying on wireless service alone. For those between the ages of 25 and 29, two-thirds are wireless only. Per an IDC report sponsored by Facebook, four out of five people start using their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up and, for most, it’s the very first thing they do, ahead of brushing their teeth or answering nature’s call.