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Posted by nyhawk on October 01, 2001 at 21:06:47:

In Reply to: Re: HP-Action posted by x on October 01, 2001 at 18:24:52:

The author of this message stated: "the judge probably will not be interested in: looking at any evidence -- tapes, photos, or anything else -- that you bring (bring them anyway, and let the landlord's attorney know you have them)." What-are-you-nuts-????????? There is absolutely no good reason why a tenant would provide the landlord's attorney with the evidence that will be used at trial by the tenant, in advance of the trial. Nothing is more helful than producing key evidence at a trial that your adversary does not know about and does not expect and thus has no time to refute. It's called "surprise" and wins many cases! Further, tenants should not -- for the most part -- ever be talking with the landlord's attorney, except in front of the judge. Most landlord's attorneys will try and cajole a tenant to drop an HP action (regardless of its merit) and sign an agreement waiving valuable rights and protections.

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