Mr. Mueller has agreed to testify, and it is certainly newsworthy. The media is abuzz as to whether or not he will say something not yet mentioned in his lengthy report. The media is also calling Mr. Mueller “The Reluctant Witness”. There is no question that Mr. Robert Mueller, III is more skilled at testimony and legal writing than the average John Doe. After all, not only is he an attorney, but served as the sixth Director of the FBI for 12 years.
Despite Mr. Mueller being reluctant to testify, as the media proclaims, he will do so with more ability than Joyce. Joyce has been called to testify at a divorce trial. This came as a surprise to her, because she is required to testify at her boyfriend’s divorce trial. She thought that she would never be brought into this matter. She thought that after the divorce was final, she and Eddie would live happily ever after.
Gloria had a different take on how smooth this divorce would go. She is angry. She is Eddie’s wife and has been his wife for the past 21 years. Eddie left, saying that it was him, not her. Saying that he was unhappy, but that he just couldn’t figure out why. Telling Gloria that everything would be ok. He just needed time.
Gloria gave him time. In fact, Gloria gave him 10 months…until she went to see an attorney downtown. The attorney discussed what may be going on, asking Gloria if Eddie might be having an affair. Gloria was certain that this was not the case. The attorney then asked how much was in their savings/checking/investment portfolio, and Gloria admitted that Eddie takes care of all of the finances and the statements are sent to Eddie’s office, at his fortune 500 company (yes, Eddie has a good job). The attorney gently lets Gloria know that her lack of knowledge of the finances is not uncommon, but that there is a concern that possibly…during the past 10 months…Eddie may be using this time to put his financial ducks in a row, to the detriment of Gloria. Eddie has been paying the mortgage, and giving Gloria $500 a month for groceries and other incidentals, and Gloria now realizes that this covers only a fraction of what Eddie’s take-home income is. Where’s the money going?
Fast forward. The trial (yes, Gloria filed for divorce…discovered Joyce…and the money trail appears to include Joyce).
So, day two of the trial, Joyce is now on the stand. She was unable to hear any testimony of day 1 because the witnesses were not allowed to be present. Now it is her turn. Joyce, who thought she was just going to wait the trial out, and not have to be involved, is now in the thick of it…and now it is costing her money. She had to hire her own attorney. Her attorney informed her of the requirement to be present, how to dress, and how to answer the questions presented concisely and honestly, without any attitude that displays irritation or sarcasm. Just answer the questions, even if the answer to the question may not be what Eddie would want. She had to be honest.
Joyce was honest on the stand.
By day 4 of the trial, two things occurred. (1) The trial was finally over, and now the parties were to wait until the final decision was written by the Judge and filed with the court….and (2) Eddie and Joyce broke up.
When called to testify at the trial, whether you are the Plaintiff or the Defendant, or you are another individual called to testify at a trial, the attorneys at Joseph & Joseph, Co. LPA look forward to assisting you through this very difficult time.
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