Today’s testimony in Houston involved an emotional breakdown and some lessons about discovery. Surprisingly, one had nothing to do with the other. On the discovery matter, Judge Lake told the jury that:
“Years ago they gave you a stamp, like a checker uses to stamp a can of peas with,” Judge Lake told the jurors. “I guess the original stamp was named for a Mr. Bates.”
“Now you know more than you ever wanted to know about this,” the judge said as he ended his instructional aside.
Commentators over at the Enron Trial Blog suggested that the Judge was wrong:, “Bates stamps” were really named for the Bates Manufacturing Company (pictured to the right). But the Company was founded by a
Norman Benjamin Bates, so I think Judge Lake deserves a break. Thus, the many appellate lawyers watching the trial looking for errors will have to keep looking. Sitting Juror #11, on the other hand, well that’s a different story.