Don’t get cute at a deposition with your witness–by using objections to coach the witness and also to interrupt opposing counsel’s interrogation–even if you win at trial

My pal, Judge Mark Bennett from up the road in Sioux City, was a great trial lawyer and is a great trial judge. He is also a wonderful writer. Recently, the judge imposed sanctions on his own motion on a lawyer who defended a deposition because Judge Bennett thought the lawyer’s conduct at the deposition was improper. This order followed a successful defense at trial. Whatever Judge Bennett writes is worth reading, but this opinion is especially deserving of your attention, particularly if you are a federal practitioner who tries civil cases.

Here it is: Sanctions Order


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