Lil’ Wayne’s Ridiculous Deposition

Lil’ Wayne holds his own in a series of video clips from his deposition that TMZ obtained. In fact, he could very well be a successful attorney someday.

As for Pete Ross, the cross-examining attorney, you have to have some sympathy for the guy. Lil’ Wayne is not easily intimidated — at least in the deposition setting. So, what are your options as the attorney asking the questions? Pull out your best Lt. Kaffee and berate and skewer the witness, causing him crack like Col. Jessup, spilling his guts all over the floor? Lil’ Wayne is uncrackable. (Although Mr. Ross appears unable to Kaffee him.) Get the judge to hold him in contempt and make him sit in the clink for a few days? Pfft. Can you say Rikers Island? In the end, Mr. Ross should have jettisoned all of the “ask-questions-so-they-look-good-in-the-transcript” talk and just had a “regular” conversation with the guy.

Yeah, that probably would not have worked either.

More at TMZ.

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  1. Marie Callender

    September 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    It’s Lil’ Wayne not Lit’ Wayne.

    • Bitter Editor

      September 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Damn interns! Fixed. Thanks.

  2. Melanie Callender

    September 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Marie! tweet me @esquire4 Are you a lawyer too? I digress. . . Lil Wayne does not have a clue. He is a copout even as the plaintiff! People think legal procedures like depositions are a joke and they can “handle” the procedure & blow right through until they hit. . . . the. . . . wall.

  3. Crawdaddy

    September 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    The deponent’s behavior was atrocious, but so was the examination technique of the questioning lawyer. Why didn’t he lead the deponent? This is basic. He gave the deponent the opportunity to deny “recalling” or “remembering” instead of denying easily provable facts. The lawyer also didn’t confront the deponent with exhibits, or even try to refresh his recollection. While the deponent looked like a jerk (this is typical of most deponents), the deponent wasn’t sufficiently locked-into, or locked-out-of, a set of facts, such that they will prove unassailable in the course of summary judgment motion. Sure, in trial, the jury might believe that the deponent is such a jerk that it doesn’t matter, but the questioning lawyer looks so weak that the jury might subconciously side with the deponent. I also don’t know what the ground rules were for this deposition, but it appeared that there was a judge in the room. If the judge wasn’t going to take control on his own, it was complete malpractice for the questioning attorney not to involve the judge more in the process. Because deponents (and their lawyers) are so often snippy, obnoxious freaks that are just trying to eat up time during a deposition, the practice of having motions to compel proper deposition conduct are more and more common. Any experienced lawyer would have known this. Don’t feel bad for this lawyer, and don’t be so quick to condemn Lil’ Wayne, sadly, this depo is in the mid-range of terrible deposition conduct that takes place in conference rooms throughout the country everyday.

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