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Re: Looking for a word [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First] #344400
07/10/09 02:05 PM
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yep. didn't refresh and see your response before i posted mine. ;-)

Re: Looking for a word [Re: elbert] #344401
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I had the opposite experience in court once. I declined to answer a leading question, let's adopt that term, and the opposing counsel asked the judge to direct me to answer "yes" or "no" as I had been ordered. I addressed the judge directly and said that I could not answer so to such a question, and the judge directed me to answer in my own words. When later the opposing counsel (and I mean Counsel, not barrister - the person was a QC) asked another loaded question with the same stipulation that I answer "yes" or "no" I hesitated and looked at the judge, who immediately told me to answer in my own words and directed the QC to stop phrasing questions like that.

I have never been called a "hostile witness" so I don't know how I'd react, but my general stance in court would always be to use unambiguous language and resist an attempt to force me to do otherwise. "In extremis" I would refuse to answer at all. My brother did this once when he was an Expert Witness in a major criminal trial, and had been ordered by the judge to answer an improper question. The end result (some other things got in the way as well) was that a mis-trial was called, and we believe the judge was reprimanded (though of course we're never told such things).

Re: Looking for a word [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First] #344402
07/10/09 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Lan Sluder/Belize First
Is there an echo in here?

--Lan Sluder


No - shows that great minds think alike!

Re: Looking for a word [Re: Peter Jones] #344432
07/10/09 05:02 PM
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Peter, It just came to me that the word you may be looking for is "sophistry" or "sophist."

A sophist, originally someone who was very learned, has come to mean a person who just uses clever language or rhetoric, and sophistry is specious arguments or questions that are meant to sound learned but in fact are deceiving.

--Lan Sluder

Re: Looking for a word [Re: elbert] #344434
07/10/09 05:09 PM
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Good one Lan. I guess you have witnessed a few 'hostels' in your travels. LOL

Re: Looking for a word [Re: iluvbelize] #344453
07/10/09 06:45 PM
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Look up "complex question" and "pre-suppositional question". The grammatical name may depend on your source.

A complex question is a fallacy in which the answer to a given question presupposes a prior answer to a prior question.

A pre-suppositional question implies more information than the person being questioned is willing to affirm.

Re: Looking for a word [Re: Peter Jones] #344467
07/11/09 02:40 AM
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a "compound question"?

Re: Looking for a word [Re: kerry] #344469
07/11/09 02:56 AM
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seems to be the answer....not an attorney but,what i had read about this, seems to be..i don't think the ? had to do with what one is willing to affirm, but the fact that the question eludes to guilt whether u answer yes or no....you have stopped or you are still doing it! just a thought!

Re: Looking for a word [Re: kerry] #344479
07/11/09 10:56 AM
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I think I've got it!!! It's formally known as a "bullshit" question, right?

Re: Looking for a word [Re: Diane Campbell] #344480
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Good one.

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