Talk is cheap. Affidavits, on the other hand, are evidence.
“Litigation” is that part of a person’s life when one finds out how few friends one really has, measured by their purported friend’s eagerness to help, support, and encourage someone else in court (often manifesting in encouragement to reject a reasonable compromise settlement proposal, in a manner akin to giving bad advice to a game show contestant).
That is, until their litigant friend asks them to sign a document under penalty of perjury, at which time said would-be witness suddenly decides that she wants nothing to do with something that isn’t really her fight.
Which, in turn, is immensely frustrating for the attorney handling the case. Even if that’s happened to him literally scores of times previously in his career, and yes, I know the difference between “literally” and “figuratively.”
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I’d like to say I feel better now that I got that off my chest. But I don’t, not really.
Burt Likko is the pseudonym of an attorney in Southern California. His interests include Constitutional law with a special interest in law relating to the concept of separation of church and state, cooking, good wine, and bad science fiction movies. Follow his sporadic Tweets at @burtlikko, and his Flipboard at Burt Likko.