Define That Term #84
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That Gets You a Time Out, Young Man

In Detroit, a federal judge banished a reluctant grand juror into a perpetual time out.  As reported here:

When Schramm, who is self-employed, balked at sitting on a grand jury, Chief U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman told him he wouldn't have to serve. He would, however, have to sit on the first-floor bench every day the jury sits. He wouldn't be allowed to read. And he wouldn't receive the $40-a-day pay or the mileage reimbursement jurors get for trips to the Detroit courthouse.

Legal experts say Friedman's order -- which was not put in writing and did not result from finding Schramm in contempt of court -- is highly unusual and of questionable legality.

For the last eight weeks, the poor guy's complied with the questionable "order".  What a trooper.  (Hat tip:  Legal Reader.)

I also highly recommend that you check out this post, entitled "How to take a deposition in Texas", also from Legal Reader (one of my favorite newly discovered blogs that I recently added to my blogroll).  The video is priceless, as is the chaos that ensues as good ol' boy Texas lawyers nearly resort to fisticuffs in the middle of the deposition.  None of the depositions that I've ever attended were half as interesting as this one, although City Court in Rochester, NY came close on a few occasions!


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