May 1992 - An Unprepared Witness
From Thomas M. Harlan
of Alvin, this excerpt from a deposition he took in a child custody case:
Q. Are you asking me to believe this undying mother's love will spring forth ...
A. Mr. Harlan, I don't want you to believe anything I say. That's not what I'm here for. I'm Christopher's mother, and I'll be Christopher's mother whether you or anyone likes it or not. I can give Christopher love and affection that other people cannot.
Q. Have you ever cursed in front of Christopher?
A. I've probably said "____" or something; but other than that, no, I do not swear. I make it a point not to swear around any kids that I'm around.
Q. And you've never said anything but "____"?
A. I mean, I've never said - I probably have, but nothing that Christopher would even - as he got older, no, I didn't. When he was a baby, maybe I have; but when he started talking, no.