Defense attorneys seek antidote to ‘reptile theory’ courtroom tactics

Plaintiffs’ lawyers aim to trigger primitive reactions in jurors

RICHMOND, Va. -- Accusations that so-called “reptile” tactics might crawl out of a federal pothole injury case failed to alarm a magistrate judge this month. Ruling on pretrial motions, the judge declined to impose a protective order governing depositions of corporate officials and he allowed latitude for possible reptile-based questions. The case is one of only ...

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