History Main / DisregardThatStatement

7th Nov '17 9:23:07 AM Luigifan
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A kind of CourtroomAntic where the lawyer asks or says something totally inappropriate to the rules of the courtroom in order to get the jury to think of something a certain way. A classic example is, "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"

Naturally, the opposing lawyer [[ThatWasObjectionable will object]], and then the Judge will say, without fail; "The members of the jury are instructed to disregard that statement." Original lawyer smirks because apparently only he realizes that people cannot voluntarily self-induce amnesia through sheer willpower. If he's ''really'' being smug, he'll withdraw the statement before the other lawyer can finish objecting.

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A kind of CourtroomAntic where the lawyer asks or says something totally inappropriate to the rules of the courtroom in order to get the jury to think of something a certain way. A classic example is, [[ManyQuestionsFallacy "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"

yet?"]]

Naturally, the opposing lawyer [[ThatWasObjectionable will object]], and then the Judge will say, without fail; "The members of the jury are instructed to disregard that statement." Original lawyer smirks because apparently only he realizes that people cannot voluntarily self-induce amnesia through sheer willpower. willpower[[labelnote:*]]and we're talking amnesia in general, never mind [[LaserGuidedAmnesia the laser-guided kind]][[/labelnote]]. If he's ''really'' being smug, he'll withdraw the statement himself before the other lawyer can finish objecting.






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** Also an instance of ArtisticLicenseLaw, since the only time the prosecution would be asking the defendant questions would be on cross-examination, where leading questions are allowed.

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** Also an instance of ArtisticLicenseLaw, since the only time the prosecution would be asking the defendant questions would be on during cross-examination, where leading questions are allowed.



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* Pulled in a KangarooCourt in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', when the prosecutor brings up Richard saving the life of a small child (it ''is'' a trial of demons, after all), then [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/155 immediately withdraws the question]].

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* Pulled in a KangarooCourt in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', when the prosecutor brings up Richard saving the life of a small child (it ''is'' [[JuryOfTheDamned a trial of demons, demons]], after all), then [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/155 immediately withdraws the question]].



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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' the Zircon assigned to defend Steven in Homeworld's court tries to use this after she ends her testimony by [[spoiler: basically accusing the Diamonds of murder ''to their faces.'' A pissed-off Yellow Diamond poofs her instead.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the Zircon assigned to defend Steven in Homeworld's court tries to use this after she ends her testimony by [[spoiler: basically [[spoiler:basically [[AccuseTheWitness accusing the Diamonds of murder ''to murder]] ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu to their faces.faces]].'' A pissed-off Yellow Diamond [[DoNotTauntCthulhu poofs her instead.]]
instead]]]].
1st Sep '17 2:32:18 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** Also an instance of YouFailLawForever, since the only time the prosecution would be asking the defendant questions would be on cross-examination, where leading questions are allowed.

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** Also an instance of YouFailLawForever, ArtisticLicenseLaw, since the only time the prosecution would be asking the defendant questions would be on cross-examination, where leading questions are allowed.
21st Jul '17 9:46:31 AM Storygirl000
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' the Zircon assigned to defend Steven in Homeworld's court tries to use this after she ends her testimony by [[spoiler: basically accusing the Diamonds of murder ''to their faces.'' A pissed-off Yellow Diamond poofs her instead.]]
16th Jul '17 3:45:12 AM MoPete
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* From the "Courtroom Drama" Cutscene of ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2''
--> '''Judge''': I'm curious if you can keep your cavalier attitude when 2000 volts are running through your body.\\
'''Johnny Gat''': Oh yeah? And I'm curious if you can keep acting like a douche bag when I shove that gavel up your ass.\\
'''Legal Lee''': ''[cutting in]'' My client would like that stricken from the record...
24th Jun '17 12:59:43 PM Luigifan
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In the real world, this is a good way to lose the right to practice law; never mind using it as a common tactic. Lawyers refer to this method as "ringing the bell," because you can't un-ring a bell.

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In the real world, this is a good way to lose the right to practice law; never mind using it as a common tactic. Lawyers refer to this method as "ringing the bell," bell", because you can't un-ring a bell.



* In ''Comic/{{Asterix}} Asterix in Belgium'', a senator is talking about Brassica Oleracea Capitata [[note]]cabbage[[/note]], when news comes in from Belgium. Caesar wants to hear what he's got to say, but the senator protests, pointing out that no one can interrupt someone inte the senate.

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* In ''Comic/{{Asterix}} ''[[Comic/{{Asterix}} Asterix in Belgium'', Belgium]]'', a senator is talking about Brassica Oleracea Capitata [[note]]cabbage[[/note]], when news comes in from Belgium. Caesar wants to hear what he's got to say, but the senator protests, pointing out that no one can interrupt someone inte in the senate.



* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'': Billy Flynn goes off on a (seemingly) wild rant while cross-examining the SurpriseWitness about Roxie's diary, where he flat-out accuses the District Attorney of planting evidence. (Of course, he phrases it as hypothetical question, so in movie-land he doesn't get disbarred.)
* In ''Film/TheExorcismOfEmilyRose'', the defendant's lawyer grills a doctor Emily's diagnosis, culminating in the question "So aren't you electively choosing what parts of Emily's experiences fit your epilepsy diagnosis while ignoring those which indicate something else?" The prosecutor immediately jumps in with his objection, where the defense lawyer calmly withdraws her statement. As the lawyer's withdraws her statement, she gives absolutely no outward sign that she's feeling smug, but you can just ''feel'' it.

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* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'': Billy Flynn goes off on a (seemingly) wild rant while cross-examining the SurpriseWitness about Roxie's diary, where he flat-out accuses the District Attorney of planting evidence. (Of course, he phrases it as a hypothetical question, so in movie-land he doesn't get disbarred.)
* In ''Film/TheExorcismOfEmilyRose'', the defendant's lawyer grills a doctor about Emily's diagnosis, culminating in the question "So [[ConfirmationBias aren't you electively choosing what parts of Emily's experiences fit your epilepsy diagnosis while ignoring those which indicate something else?" else?]]" The prosecutor immediately jumps in with his objection, where the defense lawyer calmly withdraws her statement. As the lawyer's lawyer withdraws her statement, she gives absolutely no outward sign that she's feeling smug, but you can just ''feel'' it.



* Daniel Kaffee pulls this stunt in ''Film/AFewGoodMen''. He knows that Lt Jonathan Kendrick ordered the defendants to assault the victim (a practice known as Code Red), but on the stand Kendrick denies it; Kaffee exhaustively questions Kendrick about his draconian punishments for those that disobey him, and then asks the outrageous hypothetical "If you ''had'' ordered Dawson to give Santiago a Code Red, is it reasonable to think he would have disobeyed you again?" which is of course thrown out (we don't see the jury's reaction). The judge does eventually find Kaffee in contempt of court when he pulls the same stunt on the higher-ranked Col Nathan Jessep, but luckily for him he's gotten Jessep so angry that Jessep launches into a MotiveRant and confession on the stand anyway (the famous "you can't handle the truth" speech).

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* Daniel Kaffee pulls this stunt in ''Film/AFewGoodMen''. He knows that Lt Jonathan Kendrick ordered the defendants to assault the victim (a practice known as Code Red), but on the stand Kendrick denies it; Kaffee exhaustively questions Kendrick about his draconian punishments for those that disobey him, and then asks the outrageous hypothetical "If you ''had'' ordered Dawson to give Santiago a Code Red, is it reasonable to think he would have disobeyed you again?" again?", which is of course thrown out (we don't see the jury's reaction). The judge does eventually find Kaffee in contempt of court when he pulls the same stunt on the higher-ranked Col Nathan Jessep, but luckily for him him, he's gotten Jessep so angry that Jessep launches into a MotiveRant and confession on the stand anyway (the famous "you can't handle the truth" speech).



9th Mar '17 12:16:10 PM Luigifan
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Naturally, the opposing lawyer [[ThatWasObjectionable will object]], and then the Judge will say, without fail; "The members of the jury are instructed to disregard that statement." Original lawyer smirks because apparently only he realizes that people cannot voluntarily induce amnesia. If he's ''really'' being smug, he'll withdraw the statement before the other lawyer can finish objecting.

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Naturally, the opposing lawyer [[ThatWasObjectionable will object]], and then the Judge will say, without fail; "The members of the jury are instructed to disregard that statement." Original lawyer smirks because apparently only he realizes that people cannot voluntarily induce amnesia.self-induce amnesia through sheer willpower. If he's ''really'' being smug, he'll withdraw the statement before the other lawyer can finish objecting.
18th Jan '17 8:13:05 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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->'''Vinny:''' Uh... Everything that guy just said is bullshit...Thank you.

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->'''Vinny:''' Uh... Everything that guy just said is bullshit... Thank you.
23rd May '16 3:09:44 PM eroock
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-->--''Film/MyCousinVinny''

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-->--''Film/MyCousinVinny''
-->-- ''Film/MyCousinVinny''
20th Jul '15 5:43:01 AM XTC
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* Played with by Burt and Virginia in the "Adoption" episode of ''Series/RaisingHope'' when, completely unqualified, they defend an innocent man on a charge of stealing a moped.
-->'''Burt:''' ''(to the moped owner)'' Mister Lennox, is it true that you decapitate puppies as a hobby? Withdrawn. Weren't you a member of the Taliban? Withdrawn. A pedophile? Withdrawn. A thief? Withdrawn. Defecated in an avocado field? Withdrawn.
7th Jul '15 10:09:30 AM nombretomado
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* Pulled in a KangarooCourt in ''LookingForGroup'', when the prosecutor brings up Richard saving the life of a small child (it ''is'' a trial of demons, after all), then [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/155 immediately withdraws the question]].

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* Pulled in a KangarooCourt in ''LookingForGroup'', ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', when the prosecutor brings up Richard saving the life of a small child (it ''is'' a trial of demons, after all), then [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/155 immediately withdraws the question]].
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