I often say the practice of law has little to do with law.
An example of this happened today. A lawyer was sued by a Kuwaiti client in a divorce case even though she won 65% of the estate.
Her main argument in her pleadings was that she did not speak English and did not understand the terms of the divorce decree. She claimed she could not communicate with her lawyer.
I defended the lawyer.
I called her to the stand and asked her some random questions.
1. Where were you born?
2. When did you arrive in the US?
3. Do you enjoy living in the US?
4. Tell me about your divorce.
She answered the simple questions and I let her ramble on for minutes – in English – about the details of her life in the US and her divorce. Clearly she spoke fluent English.
I asked: What language are you and I speaking?
Next: What is the name, number & address of the interpreter you hired to communicate with your current attorney?
And: Why was no interpreter requested of this court?
She was coming apart and refusing to answer.
Now I had to get her to lie to the judge, which is a felony. Prison up to 10 years.
She was squirming and evading so I asked the judge if he would ask her for me.
I knew what I was doing. Her lawyer knew what I was doing. The judge knew what I was doing.
So the judge asked her my question. And she lied again.
I asked her if she knew it was a felony to lie to a judge.
Then I asked her if she wished to dismiss the case or go to prison. She agreed to dismiss the case, but then her lawyer practically jumped over his desk to stop her. Right there, the judge cut off the case and dismissed it.
There's no law here. It just tricks, strategy, bullshit. 17 months of filings, hearings, giant stacks of papers, discovery/disclosure. All over a stupid lie. What a waste of time.
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