July 09, 2020 Feature

Sua Sponte: A Judge Comments

A judge comments on the idea of allowing more complex witness answers.

Hon. Gregg Costa

Download a printable PDF of this article. (Sua sponte starts on page 2 of the PDF.)

The witness promises to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” At first blush, that testimonial oath seems like a redundancy. How does the “truth” differ from the “whole truth”?

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