Actual responses in court

Q. What is your brother-in-law’s name?

A. Borofkin.

Q. What’s his first name?

A. I can’t remember.

Q. He’s been your brother-in-law for years, and you can’t remember his

first name?

A. No. I tell you I’m too excited. (Rising from the witness chair

and pointing to Mr. Borofkin.) Nathan, for God’s sake, tell them your

first name!

Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?

A. I refuse to answer that question.

Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicago?

A. I refuse to answer that question.

Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?

A. No.

Q. Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?

A. By death.

Q. And by whose death was it terminated?

Q. What is your name?

A. Ernestine McDowell.

Q. And what is your marital status?

A. Fair.

Q. Are you married?

A. No, I’m divorced.

Q. And what did your husband do before you divorced him?

A. A lot of things I didn’t know about.

Q. And who is this person you are speaking of?

A. My ex-widow said it.

Q. Do you know how far pregnant you are right now?

A. I will be three months November 8th.

Q. Apparently then, the date of conception was August 8th?

A. Yes.

Q. What were you and your husband doing at that time?
Q. Mrs. Smith, do you believe that you are emotionally unstable?

A. I should be.

Q. How many times have you committed suicide?

A. Four times.

Q. Were you acquainted with the defendant?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Before or after he died?

Q. Officer, what led you to believe the defendant was under the

influence?

A. Because he was argumentary and he couldn’t pronunciate his words.

Q. What happened then?

A. He told me, he says, “I have to kill you because you can identify

me.”

Q. Did he kill you?

A. No.

Q. Mrs. Jones, is your appearance this morning pursuant to a

deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

A. No. This is how I dress when I go to work.
THE COURT: Now, as we begin, I must ask you to banish all present

information and prejudice from your minds, if you have any.

Before we recess, let’s listen to one last exchange involving a child:

Q. And lastly, Gary, all your responses must be oral. O.K.? What

school do you go to?

A. Oral.

Q. How old are you?

A. Oral.