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I know quite a few litigators who put a great deal of time and effort into calculating their courtroom mannerisms. They carefully plan how they will walk, talk, and move. Litigators waste a lot of time daydreaming about cross-examination. (It's sad but true.) Do you know where the best place to stand during a cross-examination is? According to an article posted on The Illinois Trial Practice Weblog, it's actually best to walk around during cross-examination—just in case you were wondering.
Isn't it wonderful to waste time thinking about all the things you would rather be doing than working? You can daydream about eating, sleeping, drinking...sounds great, right? Well, it is, as long as you don't actually start acting out your fantasies in the office, especially if those fantasies involve sex. I'm sure the prosecutor I read about on How Appealing has now thoroughly learned that lesson. This particular attorney got caught in a stall in the courthouse's women's restroom with a legal assistant. He was arrested for trespassing and forced to resign. On a side note, the legal assistant was not arrested, as she had a “valid right” to be in the women's restroom. Does that seem unfair to anyone besides me?
Some of us daydream about eating. Others have higher aspirations such as, say, to own small towns. If you fall into the latter category, you'll be interested to know that Holy City, CA, is for sale. On May It Please the Court, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the history of Holy City. Did you know that it was founded by William Riker (not of the USS Enterprise), a thrice-divorced palmist/necktie salesman who kept in touch with Hitler? I sure didn't, but somehow, now that I do, the name Holy City just doesn't seem to fit.
That's all I've got. So now you have two options: you can either get to work or go back to wasting time. Considering that you took the time to read this article, it's really not so hard for me to guess which option you're going to choose. See you next week!
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