Q: This has me baffled. You see on TV and the movies all the time where in a courtroom you are asked to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth by the judge, but what happens if you say "no?"
A: This is a great question. And the answer is, "Go directly to jail." According to Trial Rule 603, and Indiana code 34-47-2-2, every person who: "Is sworn to testify as a witness, in any trial or proceeding, in any court of record, and refuses to testify: Is required by any court to be sworn in any trial proceeding, and refuses to take the oath, or while on the witness stand, or is purposely so demeaning as to retard or disturb the proceedings of the court, is considered 'guilty' of a direct contempt of court."
This applies to every witness.
On another note, since we are on this subject, here is the rest of the statement, "so help you God."
This portion of the statement is not mandatory, and every witness shall swear or affirm to testify to the truth. The affirmation must be consistent with and binding upon the conscience of whom the oath is administered.
Q: My husband is now retired and drives all over town looking in dumpsters and going to garage sales. He is now hoarding things in our yard, home and garage.
Just about everything he finds and buys and does not need, comes home with him. Is there any way that I can get him to get rid of this stuff?
A: There is no legal way to make a competent adult change their behavior, if he wants to hoard, he can hoard.
Alternately you can consult a variety of resources perhaps a psychologist, or other family members. The city code inspector may help with city ordinance violations, or the La Porte County Health Department, if your home is in such shape to be a health concern.
It is never easy to compel men to get rid of their "stuff."
Q: I watch police shows on TV quite a bit and it seems like anyone could say they were a policeman at your door just trying to get in or get some information from you. Is there a way to tell if a badge is fake?
A: No, not really. Badges vary in shape and sizes from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer and not in full uniform, or if you have some suspicion they are lying, tell them you are going to call the department and confirm their identity before you open the door.
Police officers also carry an identification card with a picture.
This week's riddle
The winner of last column's riddle sponsored by Melinda Nagel of Edward Jones Investing of Michigan City was Shirley VanScyoc of Michigan City.
The answer to the riddle of what do you call the person you meet at the reunion? The answer was Mother or Mom.
The sponsor for this week's riddle is Michigan City Christian Church SAM'S Ministry. The winner receives a $30 gas card.
Mr. Brown is a rich old farmer and one day decided to make out his will. He wants to see which of his sons is the smartest, so he tells his two sons to race their horses from Westville to La Crosse to see who will inherit his fortune.
The one whose horse is slower and comes in second, will win and inherit all his money. The brothers do not know what to do and after wandering aimlessly for days, ask their mother for advice. After hearing her advice they jump on the horses and race as fast as they can to La Crosse.
What did their mother say?
The 12th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. Friday wins.
To answer a question, or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 219-873-1461, ext. 333 or email AskACop@emichigancity.com.