August 18, 2004
What's it gonna be, boy, yes or no?

You know how on Law and Order a witness will try to give a complicated, nuanced, occasionally evasive answer to a yes/no question, and the lawyer asking the question, whether McCoy or a hotshot defense attorney, interrupts to emphasize that "yes" or "no" are the only valid answers? Wouldn't it be nice to have one of them cross-examine whoever is reponsible for this?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 18, 2004 to The making of the President | TrackBack

For the record, that "yes or no" stuff is total garbage. A witness is permitted to answer the question in the manner they wish, so long as they actually respond to the question.

Posted by: TP on August 18, 2004 5:17 PM

In which case I would say that the comparison is still valid. Those questions were not answered.

(Although I personally heard a resounding "No.")

Posted by: blurker gone bad on August 19, 2004 9:24 AM