Trial Transcript: On the Definition of “Stuporous”
by Jamison Koehler on May 31, 2012
DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I noticed that you checked the box for “stuporous” on the police report.
OFFICER: Yes sir.
Q: You also used the term on direct.
A: Yes sir.
Q: You obviously thought that this was an important observation.
Q: Let me ask you, Officer. When was the last time you used that term in every day conversation?
A: Could you repeat the question?
Q: When is the last time you used the word “stuporous” in the course of every day conversation? You know, speaking with a friend or colleague.
A: I don’t know. Not a lot.
Q: Not a lot. Or never?
A: Never, I guess.
Q: Can you define it?
COURT: Overruled. You can answer the question.
OFFICER: I am sorry?
DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Do you know what “stuporous” means?
A: I am not sure what it means. I don’t know. Confused?
Q: You can’t define it and yet you thought it was important enough to include in your testimony.
Q: Can you spell it?
OFFICER: I can spell –
PROSECUTOR: — No need to answer —
COURT: — Next question.