The Problem With Questions
11 July 2018
Barristers should never ask people questions if they do not know exactly what the answer is going to be. In a trial, the prosecuting counsel calls their witness and has to ask them questions that produce exactly the information and effect on the jury that they are trying to achieve. So you never ask a question when you are not a hundred per cent sure what the answer is going to be.
It is like a professional sex worker that is working with an escort agency. The escort agency
receptionist is there to find out what the client wants, make sure that they recommend an escort girl who will meet those requirements and also to prepare and brief the escort girl. A Las Palmas escort
should never put herself in the situation where she has to ask a client “what are you looking for baby?” without knowing the answer already. You can only imagine what some of the answers might be. Preparation is everything.
In this case, a barrister has an old lady on the tand. And he says to her “Mrs Jones, do you know me?”
“Yes. I do know you, Mr Williams. I have known you since you were a little boy. And frankly you have been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you are a big shot, when in fact you do not have the brains to realise that you never will amount t anything more than a two bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.”
The lawyer was stunned. “Mrs Jones, do you know the defense attorney?”
“Why yes I have known Mr Bradley since he was a youngster too. He is lazt, bigoted and he has a drinking problem. He cannot build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practise is one of the worst in the country. He also also cheated on his wife with three different women, one of whom was your wife. Yes, I know him.
The judge asked both barristers to approach the bench and in a very quiet voice said “If either of you ask her if she knows me, I will jail you both for contempt.”