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The crisp refresher…

At least one judge welcomes objections that bring to mind a long forgotten paean to a brand of cheap beer.

The judge is Roanoke’s Cliff Weckstein and the beer is Ballantine.

As several dozen lawyers listened, Weckstein today described the ideal trial objection: “Precisely right and crystally clear.”  As Weckstein noted, the phrase comes from a decades-old jingle for Ballantine.

Research indicates the actual lyrics went like this:

“Cold clear taste that’s precisely right
Frosty, lively, crystally clear”

Certainly, a high standard for any objection in the heat of trial.

By Peter Vieth

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