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Desc:For once I feel bad for a lawyer
Category:Short Films
Tags:lawyer, deposition, photocopy, John Ennis
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Date:04/29/14
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Comment count is 18
exy
The legal system should be illegal.
Hooker
You know, deposition week was one of the very best theme weeks on poeTV. In it, defendants/witnesses and laywers acted:

1) Stupider than this
2) Less over-the-top than this

They're also, all of them, far more entertaining than this. This video is an excellent example, paired with the deposition videos on here (http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=21800 in particular!), on how film just totally distorts the shit out of reality, usually making it more boring in the process.
SolRo
the tone is almost always exasperation rather than anger or annoyance.

"oh great, one of these assholes AGAIN" kinda thing.

Oscar Wildcat
True, that. This lawyer comes off as a bit of a jerk. Is he expecting the guy to be helpful in a deposition? If the guy's lawyer is to be believed, the presence of the machines in the office was essential to their case. So it seems reasonable to ask for clarification of the question. Does this only look silly because it is out of context?

SolRo
What I have to wonder is if a thesaurus, to a lawyer, is like a silver cross to a vampire.

oddeye
All he had to do was say something like "Does your place of work have the facilities to make copies of these documents that are in question? If so, did you charge a fee for each copy of these documents? If so, how much did you charge?" Maybe that's just with the benefit of hindsight, I don't know.

Sometimes at work, and despite my limited education, I can often do a better job than some of the doctors we work with, even some of the pharmacists that are my superiors.

Maybe I could do a better job of being a word-twisting shitheel politician/lawyer too. My wasted life...

SteamPoweredKleenex
Okay, can you folks stop embarrassing yourselves and actually bother to look up this case?

http://www.cleveland.com/tipoff/index.ssf/2014/04/cleveland_la wyer_whose_deposit.html

They got the transcript right but the emotional delivery all wrong. The lawyer WANTED the guy to keep obfuscating and answering his questions like that to show how he'd obviously been coached. Mr. "What's A Photocopier" was part of an asshole scheme to charge the old photocopy rates per page of documents even though the docs were being delivered on a CD, making the price tag exorbitant:

"Marburger, a partner at Cleveland-based BakerHostetler, said Patterson played right into his hands as he sat back in his chair and kept delivering questions in a bemused manner. And he said Patterson wasn't nervous or intimidated, either.

"I actually wanted him to keep up what I perceived as a charade. Once he chose the path that he took, I didn't want a straight answer; I wanted him to keep it going," said Marburger. "That was why I kept pushing over the course of 10 pages of transcript. To me, the testimony became too good to be true. It was perfect."

Marburger was fighting a county policy that charged the public and media for every "page" contained on a data CD of documents in the recorder's office. By adding up a charge for every document -- even though they weren't actual photocopies, such CDs could cost upward of 0,000. Marburger argued they should be provided "at cost," which is a fraction of what they charged.

Marburger eventually prevailed. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that the county must provide CDs of recorded deeds and mortgages for .

Hooker
That was exactly my point, wasn't it?

That guy
It's pretty tempting to do a classic build-up when you're doing a scene and you're not sure. It makes it feel like a story.

Old_Zircon
John Ennis (is a linked tag that belongs on this video)!
Father Avalanche
He has aged so well.

Jet Bin Fever
I barely recognized him but finally did from his voice. I was going to leave a comment asking for a tag, but you beat me toit.

giygusattack
Glad to see he's getting work.

Scrimmjob
Yes!
Scrimmjob
Shit, was supposed to be a response to the comments about John Ennis.

Jet Bin Fever
Mike McCafferty! I love him in everything. I think I'll always think of him as Chief Dick Titty in "Your Magic Touched Me."
Binro the Heretic
Did...did he insinuate there could be such a thing as a gas-powered photocopier?

Also, the guy playing the black-suited lawyer was a genius. His smugness after his client said "Xerox" made me want to reach through the screen and slap him.
That guy
I heard gas-powered too.

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