Dehydrated Peaches

In re R.B., 2010 WL 4340645 (App. Div. Nov. 4, 2010).  This opinion quotes a nice turn of phrase regarding the limitations on an appellate court’s review of credibility issues: “the best and most accurate record (of oral testimony) is like a dehydrated peach; it has neither the substance nor the flavor of the peach before it was dried” (quoting Trusky v. Ford Motor Co., 19 N.J. Super. 100, 104 (App. Div. 1952)).  Though it used to be cited regularly, that vivid image has appeared in only one published opinion in the current millennium.  It is worthy of more frequent mention.