The Superior Court of Alameda County, Department 14, was in
session this summer in a third-floor room of the county
administration building in downtown Oakland, listening to testimony
in the case of Mendenhall vs. the Oakland Raiders et al.
"Your honor, the defense please calls Mr. James Otto."
Otto, ol' Double Zero, wearing a tan leisure suit, a flowered shirt
and a pair of brown cowboy boots, walks toward the bailiff, nodding
to the members of the jury en route.
"Please place your right
hand on the Bible," says the bailiff. "Now raise your left hand. In
the testimony you are about to give, do you solemnly swear to tell
the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you
"You may take the stand."
state your name and occupation," says the defense attorney.
"James E. Otto, O-t-t-o. Otto. I play center for the Oakland
"How many years have you played for the Oakland
Raiders, Mr. Otto?"
"This is my 16th."