© D.L. Crumbley
Always Be Truthful
An investigator was asked in cross-examination: “You said that you wrote your notes contemporaneously. Is that correct?”
‘Yes,’ replied the witness.
‘And was the interview conducted at normal conversation speed?’ Counsel asked and witness agreed that this was the case.
‘They were very neat and tidy, Mr. Jones, aren’t they?’
‘Yes,’replied the witness and then added a fatal piece of humor: ‘Unlike lawyers and doctors, I have been trained to write nicely.’
‘Very good, Mr. Jones. I am now going to dictate a passage to you at normal conversational speed, and I would like you to write down notes of everything I say.’
Within two minutes the witness was a blubbering wreck, because he could not keep pace with dictation. The case was thrown out. Source: M.J. Comer and T.E. Stephens, Deception at Work, Burlington, Vt: Gower Publishing Company, 2004, p. 397.