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REMOTE VIRTUAL EUOS - NO NEED FOR BATHROOM
BREAKS ANYMORE!
(Remotely Conducted v. In-Person EUOs - Which Are More Effective?)
By Scott D. Storm
Whether cast as a comedy sitcom or a serious crime drama, the
Special Investigation Unit ( " SIU " ) profession provides material
for a long-running popular TV series. Having conducted
examinations under oath (EUOs) for over twenty years, I thought
I had " seen everything, " However, the COVID-19 pandemic and
its impetus for conducting EUOs virtually by remote electronic
means has provided rich material for additional seasons of our
new TV show. The pandemic has forced the legal community into
the electronic age at warp speed. It also begs the question, after
this pandemic has subsided, do we return to conducting EUOs
in-person or continue remotely as a general practice?
EUOS ARE A " STRANGE ANIMAL " PROVIDING
RICH MATERIAL FOR A TV SITUATION COMEDY OR
CRIME DRAMA
EUOs can be a " strange animal. " I have experienced witnesses come
to their EUOs stoned (having to send them home), sick or with
their children (not happening, too distracting). They have thrown
their papers, stared me down, thrown up, cried, flipped me " the
bird, " shouted hysterically, stormed out, etc. One crusty old attorney
actually fell asleep snoring. His client did not see the humor in it
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that I did. One miscreant threatened that if coverage for his claim
was denied he was going to have the police kill me. His claim was
denied. I'm not dead yet.
On one occasion, as a very sophisticated elderly insured explained to
me the facts of an alleged break-in to her residence, she frequently
referred to a gentleman friend who she was obviously very fond of.
Due to the frequency of her friend's involvement in the reported
events, he was an important fact witness and I intended to ask
the SIU investigator to conduct an interview of him. However,
in attempting to secure the gentleman's contact information, it
became apparent that he was rather transient, not only in regard
to a residence but also in the space-time continuum. Although
initially hesitant to tell me in detail about the comings and goings
of her gentleman friend, I eventually gained the insured's trust and
she explained that he may choose to appear at any time, perhaps
even during the EUO. Unfortunately, he elected not to materialize
in my presence. I have never yet had the pleasure of interviewing
an apparition under oath.
One very large Harley biker dude quickly became annoyed during
his EUO while I questioned him about his allegedly stolen Fat Boy,

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