People often struggle to believe what an attorney says. It is a reputation that some say is well deserved when it comes to the truth and "straight talk" from someone in the profession.
The following is a statement by Tammy Moorer's attorney, Greg McCollum, asserting that Tammy Moorer is pregnant.
Ask yourself what you would say if your client was pregnant.
I would say, "My client is pregnant."
Yet, I would only say this if I believed it to be true.
If I had a doubt, I would say,
"I believe my client is pregnant."
Simply by adding the word "believe", I indicate that there is room for doubt: for someone to "believe" otherwise, or even for me to believe otherwise. The statement:
"My client is pregnant" is now weakened by "I believe my client is pregnant."
Does Tammy Moorer's attorney know she is pregnant? Does he believe it?
What if I said, "I really believe my client is pregnant"?
This would now weaken the assertion even further by adding the word, "really" to it. Enough qualifiers in a sentence and you will likely hear someone say, "Liar, Liar!"
Here is McCollum's statement on Tammy being pregnant:
"She's been examined at two different hospitals by two different doctors. Two different medical staffs and they both say that she's pregnant. We believe that to be true, and it's really hard for us to imagine it any other way."
1. Note the order:
a. Two different hospitals
b. Two different doctors
c. Two different medical staffs
2. Note the change in language; from "doctors" to "medical staffs" without any apparent justification within the statement.
3. Note the emphasis that is added with "both"
4. Note that he does not say "I believe" but "we" believe, making it so that he is not alone with this belief, but with others, in a crowd, so to speak.
5. The word "that" is distancing language. He does not say "I believe this to be true", but uses the word "that", which indicates, 'far away' and not close, as "this" indicates closeness.
6. "hard" is "really hard", and only in imagination. Why would it be so "really hard"?
7. "imagine" is "imagination" in work. Why would "imagine" be part of a sentence on pregnancy. Is she "just a little pregnant"?
The statement shows that the subject is trying to persuade and is going about it a long way, rather than simply say, "My client is pregnant." He has a ready made answer for the charge, "You knew she was not pregnant" with "two doctors..."
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