Hartford, Conn., trial lawyer David W. Cooney said he rarely ever uses sarcasm during litigation but every once in a while a situation presents itself that is too difficult to pass up.

During a medical malpractice trial, a defense lawyer objected to a question during Cooney’s cross-examination of the doctor defendant about what generally constitutes malpractice. The defense lawyer said the doctor was testifying as a defendant and not an expert.

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