The Proper Use of a Deposition This is from the Texas Bar Journal. For those who are not lawyers, the federal rules state that a deposition of a party opponent may be used for any purpose. This marvelous contribution, from District Judge Martin B. McGee (District 19-A, Cabarrus County, N.C.), was confirmed with the counsel involved (Ms. Olshner) and subsequently posted on Lexis Counsel Connect. The transcript is from Birmingham, Ala., although the use of a deposition of a party opponent â€œfor any purposeâ€ is also in the federal rules. We have no word on what happened immediately prior to this exchange: THE COURT: Next witness. MS. OLSCHNER: Your Honor, at this time I would like to swat Mr. Buck in the head with his clientâ€™s deposition. THE COURT: You mean read it? MS. OLSCHNER: No, sir. I mean to swat him [on] the head with it. Pursuant to Rule 32, I may use the deposition â€œfor any purposeâ€ and that is the purpose for which I want to use it. THE COURT: Well, it does say that. (Pause). . . THE COURT: There being no objection, you may proceed. MS. OLSCHNER: Thank you, Judge Haynes. (Whereupon Ms. Olschner swatted Mr. Buck in the head with a depositionâ€¦) MR. BUCK: But Judgeâ€¦ THE COURT: Next witness. MR. BUCK: We object. THE COURT: Sustained.