October 22, 2008
Yesterday was the very first time I've been deposed. By anybody. It was the next chapter in the Hep-C Saga. The ADOC defendants' attorney questioned me under oath about my claims against the thirty ADOC employees named in my lawsuit.
For the first time ever, I truly felt like the good guy in the room. Rather than the criminal defendant who sat silently as others spoke about me-yeah, I am son of the few who remained silent upon my arrest. It's a right, why not assert it???
Finally, after all those years, I felt relieved to be able to speak my side of it. Although, I didn't get to completely tell it, as I was only answering questions without elaborating or narrating much. Now I'm anxious to have a jury listen to what I have to say. Honestly, I haven't spoke that much in many years. Hours without a break!
My attorney, who sat by my side throughout the deposition, made objections and did a professional and great job. It was the first time we'd met face-to-face and I was amazed with how young she looked. She appeared to be in her mid-twenties. An attractive young attorney. In my opinion, this too is a big advantage at a "jury" trial. Is this shallow thinking on my part? Maybe, but I'm sure that an attractive attorney who is great at her job, even representing a tattooed errant in orange, could only be an advantage. I only hope that her visit into prison wasn't too traumatic. This was most likely her first. I can just imagine what was going through her head. Not to mention I was probably her first imprisoned client. I think I was more nervous than her though. LOL
All in all it was a good deposition. My attorney and the Court reporter told me that I did great and the defendants' attorney was a professional about it all and I'm confident my case is progressing.
Next, my attornies will begin to depose the named defendants, witnesses and their expert. Defendants' attorney will likely depose experts for my side, too. Yes, expert"s"! The it's on to trial we go!
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