A Policeman's Credibility
If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as
sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense
trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the policeman's
Q: "Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?"
A: "No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the
description of the offender, running several blocks away."
Q: "Officer, who provided this description?"
A: "The officer who responded to the scene."
Q: "A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called
A: Yes, that is correct."
Q: "How do you know that this was good information, do you trust your
A: "Yes, sir. With my life."
Q: "With your life? Let me ask you this then officer, do you have a
room where you change your clothes in preparation for your shift or
A: "Yes sir, we do."
Q: "And do you have a locker in the room?"
>> > A: "Yes I do."
Q: "And do you have a padlock on your locker?"
A: "Yes sir."
Q: "Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with
your life, you find it necessary to padlock your locker in a room you
share with these same officers?"
A: "Well Sir,.... we share our building with the court complex, and
sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room."
The courtroom erupted in laughter, and a prompt recess was called.
The testifying officer has been nominated for this year's "Best
Comeback" line -- I think he'll win.