I was watching a case on Judge Judy yesterday, and it could have had a questionable outcome had it gone a certain way. Let’s see what you think.
An 11 year old girl (let’s call her Tanisha) and her little sister were accused of scratching a neighbor’s car with a rock. Tanisha denied having done it. The neighbor didn’t actually see her, but noticed that Tanisha, her sister, and a couple of their friends were playing in her driveway around the time of the incident. Tanisha and the plaintiff’s daughter were not on friendly terms, and sometimes they got physical with each other.
JJ: Did you throw the rock?
JJ: Who did?
T: I don’t know. I didn’t see no rock.
JJ: Sure you did. Hold up your hands like this and show me how big the rock was.
T: (Holds up her hands indicating the size of the rock is as big as JJ guessed)
JJ: What color was the rock?
T: (Shrugs her shoulders)
JJ: WHAT COLOR WAS IT?!? Was is white? Black? Brown?
T: Um… Brown.
JJ: Was it smooth or jagged?
T: Um… Jagged.
JJ: So you took a jagged brown rock that was this bug and scratched her car. Listen (to her mother), if you don’t learn to raise your daughter right, she’s going to end up in juvie, then in prison.
Judy found her to be liable.
A direction I expected her to take, which she didn’t, was to say that if Tanisha never saw who threw the rock, then how come she could describe it so accurately? That’s clear proof she’s lying.
Let’s assume that’s what happened. Would this have been a good decision?