Tom H. Davis


Defendant's attorney in a tort or personal injury case can fumble, stumble and fall and win. A plaintiff's attorney can try his case perfectly and still lose. Since any charge of prejudicial tactics brought against the plaintiff usually will be more harmful than one brought against the defendant, it is the duty of the plaintiff's attorney to keep the case like "Caesar's wife," if he can.One of the best ways to accomplish this is through a motion in limine. For those who are not familiar with this practice, it is a motion, heard in advance of jury selection, which asks the court to instruct the defendant, its counsel and witnesses not to mention certain facts unless and until permission of the court is ftrst obtained outside the presence and hearing of the jury.