We are pleased to announce publication of our extensive (and exclusive) interview with Judge David Tapp as part of our continuing "Judicial Focus" series. Topics range from implementation of criminal justice reform to the judge's thoughts on chewing tobacco during trial (don't do it). We want to thank Judge Tapp for spending so much time answering our questions, and we hope our subscribers enjoy the interview. Also, be on the lookout for the full interview to be published on our website in the coming weeks.
We will be announcing the next subject of our Judicial Focus series early next month. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, here are some of Judge Tapp's most memorable trial experiences:
Q. What is your most memorable trial experience?
A. [T]here have been many including the attorney who split his pants during a closing argument and the elderly female witness who was testifying on Skype who stood up during the middle of her testimony and announced that she had to “poop” and then disappeared off screen leaving me, the attorneys, and twelve jurors with our mouths agape. That incident, by the way, is the reason I now require recorded or in-person testimony. There was also the delightful moment when the plaintiff’s recorded deposition could not be played on their recorder and so I had my staff attorney—like in the days when I was a young lawyer—read the part of the testifying doctor while counsel read aloud the questions. Well, the term my staff attorney was supposed to read involved a “CT scan with contrast.” According to what my staff attorney read aloud, however, the procedure the plaintiff had undergone was a “CT scan with castration” a categorically different medical procedure. Every trial has its moments. It’s one of the things that makes being a trial judge so much fun.