Walmart representatives said in court records that the Crawford family attorneys’ questions are “overly broad and vague” in many instances.
Some of the tone about the scope of depositions’ questions could be gleaned from Walmart’s response to the plaintiff’s 26-question “request for admissions.”
One request states, “Please admit that John Crawford did not remove the Crosman MK-177 from its packaging when he picked it up off the shelf in Wal-Mart Store #2124.”
Walmart’s response was: “Defendants state that, after reasonable inquiry, the information known or readily obtainable is not sufficient to enable the Defendants to admit or deny this request as written for want of knowledge. However, based on the information known or readily obtainable at this time, Defendants admit it does not appear that he took the air rifle out of a sealed package.”
Another request states, “Please admit that if Wal-Mart packaged the Crosman MK-177 Tactical Air Rifle picked up off the shelf in its cardboard box or packaging material, John Crawford would not have been shot by Beavercreek Police.”
Walmart’s response was: “Objection. This request calls for speculation.”
A conference call is scheduled for Dec. 12 before which time the court ordered that the sides should try to resolve the proper scope of Walmart’s deposition and Walmart’s responses to plaintiffs’ outstanding discovery requests.