As Jon presents in his course on RFP development, “You get the answers you deserve”.
The following are questions asked in US courts (as presented in the book ‘Disorder in Court’ (by C. Sevilla). As you’ll see, the questions are either unclear, can be interpreted several ways are just plain dumb. It’s also clear the attorney asking the question didn’t get the information one would assume they were hoping to receive. Enjoy, and recognize that maybe the questions we see in RFP aren’t quite as bad as we might think.
Here are a few questions that don’t even deserve a response.
Question: Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
Question: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
Question: Were you present when your picture was taken?
Question: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
Response: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Question: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
Response: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
Question: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
Question: And what were you doing at that time?
Response: Having sex with my wife.
Question: She had three children, is that correct?
Question: How many were boys?
Question: And how many of the children were girls?
Response: Your Honor, can I get a new attorney?
Question: How was your first marriage terminated?
Response: By death.
Question: And by whose death was it terminated?
Response: Take a guess.
Question: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
Response: No, this is how I always dress.
Statement: Remember, all of your responses must be oral.
Question: What school did you go to?