Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 1999 - Humor - 256 pages
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In America's courtooms, the verdict is laughter.

Sit back and enjoy a collection of verbatim exchanges from the halls of justice, where defendants and plaintiffs, lawyers and witnesses, juries and judges, collide to produce memorably insane comedy.

A: You mumbled on the first part of that and I couldn't understand what you were saying. Could you repeat the question?

Q: I mumbled, did I? Well, we'll just ask the court reporter to read back what I said. She didn't indicate any problem understanding what I said, so obviously she understood every word. We'll just have her read my question back and find out if there was any mumbling going on. Madam reporter, would you be so kind? 

Court Reporter: Mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble.

 

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You can't get much better than this: a very very humorous book about trials that is also very fascinating. I read alot of this during a booth. I sure laughed alot and due to social conventions, I felt compelled to cover my mouth. As I said, you can't get much better than this!

Contents

Introduction
7
Defendants Say the Damndest Things
13
The Lawyers 3 5
35
Evidence
61
The Experts
79
The Judges
95
The Jurors
125
Malaprops
151
The Police
169
Sentencing
195
The Witnesses
209
Potpourri
241
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Perennially on the “Best Lawyers in America” list, Charles M. Sevilla has a private law practice in San Diego. He is the author of Wilkes on Trial and Wilkes: His Life and Crimes and a columnist for Forum.

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