May 1991 - Is That Objectionable or What?
This contributed by Roger C. Davie
of Fort Worth (Cox & Smith). Here is the excerpt, with Roger's explanation:
"I recently had the misfortune of trying a property damage case in J.P. court against attorney Steve Pierret
of Arlington. Steve was attempting to get into evidence a document when I objected because of hearsay. Steve pronounced boldly (and probably rightly) that this was not hearsay because it was not offered for the truth of the matter asserted. Immediately after saying this the J.P. scolded Steve and stated:
"listen here mister...in my court you may only introduce matters which are the truth and you better not be trying to introduce matters which are not for the truth of the matter asserted."
Despite the fact that the judge would not let Steve introduce any evidence, he was ultimately given a verdict. We settled on appeal."