Hand Signals Work in Baseball But Can Be Improper Coaching in Courtroom

During a recent trial related to a 2012 New Jersey train derailment and chemical leak in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the judge ejected one of the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys for improperly coaching witnesses.  Specifically, the lawyer acknowledged that he told the witness that if the witness started to ramble while on the stand, he would touch his eyeglasses.  The judge indicated that the lawyer could have no further contact with any witnesses or parties in the case and stated he would report the conduct to the ethics authorities.

Bottom line — signals are best left on the baseball diamond.



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