A bit of a divergence on my regular blog topics, but my documentary suggestion posts have been doing well, so I thought someone else might watch these things like I do, and appreciate this particular video. I like to listen to streaming US court trials when I'm falling asleep, and also depositions, and I quite literally struck gold with this almost seven hour marathon.
The man is 'Doctor' Cleal Watts III, and the details of the case can be read on this website, but I'll summarise.
Basically he took millions of dollars off people and promised them he could import gold from Africa for them.
He turns out to be a complete fantasist, who hasn't even owned a home, or his own car, but he's managed to fool these people into parting with a tonne of money.
The case was settled in their favour, but in this deposition from 2015, Cleal basically lies continuously about everything and anything.
The lawyer starts by trying to trick him into giving up that he isn't actually a doctor. He asks all about his medical training, did he have a white coat graduation, did he name his cadaver in first year training- stuff this guy shouldn't really know what to reply to if he didn't train. Cleal answers everything with barely any hesitation.
The pinnacle of his deceit is around 3/4 in when he's talked about meeting an Africa chief with this huge fancy name. Then the lawyer pulls out discovery documents where Cleal has already signed he has never been met this chief. Cleal says, 'Oh there are two chiefs with the same name'!
With credit to the lawyer he keeps his cool and traps him well, but at one point he does get frustrated and says, "this double speak may have worked before but not today".
Lemme know if you give it a watch- as I said I fall asleep to these things, but this one I went back and watched the lot as it's fascinating to hear someone lie so readily.