Admit it. Somewhere in your attorney brain you have fantasized about rising to your feet in a crowded courtroom and stating, “Objection!” A hush falls over the crowd and you channel your inner Yosemite Sam. You challenge that lowlife, lily-livered, bowlegged scoundrel opponent that the point he was making has no place in civilized society, let alone the courthouse.

Today’s lawyers think differently. They eschew the sword of a well-argued objection in favor of the shield of a motion in limine. Unfortunately, this important tool in the litigator’s toolbox has been so misused and abused that it no longer has much effect. I’m sick of it, and I’m not the only one.

Judge Jane Manning of Cobb County State Court, Marietta, Georgia. (Courtesy photo) Judge Jane Manning of Cobb County State Court, Marietta, Georgia. (Courtesy photo)

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