Remember that "gotcha" court scene in Legally Blonde when Elle got Chutney to admit that she killed her father after proving that she had lied about having a perm?
Well, that happens a lot in real life, too. On Friday, Reddit user u/prince-surprised-pat asked lawyers, "What was your 'HOLD IT!' moment where you knew you would win?"
This lying witness:
"My client was riding his motorcycle on a relatively calm street when this guy exited his garage, without looking, and ran him over. In deposition, the guy brought a witness that was with him on the passenger seat. The whole time, the witness maintained that my client was driving too fast and that there was no time to brake the car. I asked him the same question a few times in different ways, making him tell the story again. In the fourth telling, he, already a bit frustrated, let it slip, saying, 'Look, I’ve already told you. We were exiting the garage, and as soon as I lifted up from getting my cellphone on the car’s carpet —' I said, 'Wait. So you didn’t even see the crash?' There was no coming back from that." — u/Cincosirenitas
And this lying father:
"Parent termination case I was prosecuting. Dad went on how he has changed his life around by doing the AA program. I asked him what step he was on, and he proudly proclaimed, 'Three!' Asked him what Step 3 is — he had no idea. Then asked him Step 2 was. Again, no idea.
Parental rights terminated." —u/aulstinwithanl
This forged deed:
"I compared the scanned copy of the deed provided by the other side's lawyers to the original my client eventually got around to providing.
The scanned copy provided by the other side had a witness signature. The original did not." — u/WolfeCreation
This coaching scenario:
"I was reviewing the transcript of an interview with a child. The child made incriminating statements against my client. At one point, when discussing the allegations, the child used an odd word, but I didn't think much of it.
A few days later, I was watching a video of the child interacting with their grandmother (who hates my client) from about a week before that interview. The grandmother used the exact same odd word in the exact context the child later used it. At that moment, it became clear that child had been coached. It was the first real 'Aha!' moment of my career." — u/ltl1109
This chronological proof:
"I trapped a defendant pretty badly one time. He testified in a deposition that he had a green arrow for his left turn, and that my client ran the red. Unfortunately for him, the additional turn lane arrow was installed two months after the wreck." — u/Lawschoolsishell
This lying state trooper:
"My friend was defending a guy who was asleep in the backseat of his car while intoxicated and a NYS Trooper arrested him. On the stand, the trooper testified that he visually saw 'the key in the ignition.' My friend gave him like three chances to walk it back. 'Are you sure, trooper, that you actually saw the key in the ignition?' He said yes. And then my buddy dropped the hammer, 'You are aware that my client drives a Toyota Prius?'" — u/dramboxf
This evidence-leaving thief:
"A thief robbed someone's houses in the winter in Colorado, and all the police had to do was follow the footsteps back to his house where he was hanging out with the stolen items and a small amount of drugs and a shitty handgun. Idiot." —u/Schmliza
This lying lifter:
"He said he couldn’t work and had back injuries after a minor car accident. I found a video of plaintiff squatting 300 pounds the month before his deposition." — u/rgk234
This man with a guilty conscience:
"Some guy was accused of something — I cannot remember what — but the judge let him free because there wasn’t enough evidence he had done it. Guy said, 'Thank you, judge, I’ll never do it again.'" —u/Belgian_friet
This bad reader:
"They said, 'This document doesn't state our company's name, so we are not involved in the settlement.' I said, 'Line 4 specifically lists the company as the defendant, and then the company is referenced to in lines 13, 27, and 33.' I swear, if you read the documents, you're a better lawyer than 90% of the ones out there." — u/ullric