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Why High-Profile Depositions Matter

By William Vogeler, Esq. on November 16, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A deposition can win a case; everybody knows that, but few lawyers practice that way.

Too often depositions are boring affairs from beginning to end with recitations that sound like mindless prayers: the "rules of the road," the admonitions, the agony of repetition.

That's why depositions in high-profile cases are so important. Attorneys almost always up their game for a celebrity deposition.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne is not so little anymore, but his 2012 deposition is a classic. An attorney showed the rapper a video of an television interview, and then questioned him about it.

Lawyer: "Is that an interview you actually gave with Katie Couric?"

Lil Wayne: "What's your name again?"

Lawyer: "Well, that's not the question."

Lil Wayne: "That's a stupid-ass question. You just saw me on there giving an interview."

It goes without saying, the lawyer wasn't totally prepared for that answer. It also shows that if you are going to depose a celebrity, be prepared for internet immortality.

R. Kelly

R. Kelly is still making news because of continuing controversies. In one case, he's accused of seducing another man's wife.

Dorsey Carson, the man's attorney, is trying to take R. Kelly's deposition. But he gave notice for the same day the singer was giving a concert.

Generally speaking, you can't do that. Nobody can answer deposition questions and sing at the same time.

Seriously, if you are going to do a high-profile deposition, be prepared for the bright lights. You don't want your fifteen minutes of fame to burn you.

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