Flashes of Wit from Bench and Bar

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Sprague, 1903 - Law - 212 pages
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Page 10 - Edward II, which enacts that a prisoner who breaks prison shall be guilty of felony, does not extend to a prisoner who breaks out when the prison is on fire — " for he is not to be hanged because he would not stay to be burnt.
Page 151 - Let me," he said, with humorous solemnity, " give you my dying advice — never cross-examine a woman. It is of no use. They cannot disintegrate the story they have once told ; they cannot eliminate the part that is for you from that which is against you. They can neither combine, nor shade, nor qualify. They go for the whole thing ; and the moment you begin to cross-examine one of them, instead of being bitten by a single rattlesnake, you are bitten by a whole barrelful. I never, excepting in a...
Page 102 - Whosoever sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." Genesis ix. 6. Not long afterwards a member of the class was hunting the library diligently for a copy of "Genesis Reports.
Page 124 - A lawyer retained in a case of assault and battery was cross-examining a witness in relation to the force of a blow struck : ' What kind of a blow was given ?' ' A blow of the common kind.' ' Describe the blow.' ' I am not good at description.
Page 185 - While the client stared at him with wonder With the produce he gave a magnificent treat. But the lawyer soon made him knock under. That his client sold wine. information he laid. Without...
Page 125 - Show me what kind of a blow it was." " I cannot." "You must." " I won't." The lawyer appealed to the court. The court told the witness that if the counsel insisted upon his showing what kind of a blow it was, he must do so. " Do .you insist upon it ?" asked the witness.
Page 84 - Prisoner at the bar, you have been found guilty on several indictments, and it is in my power to subject you to transportation for a period very considerably beyond the. term of your natural life; but the court, in its mercy, will not go so far as it lawfully might, and the sentence is that you be transported for two periods of seven years each.
Page 130 - Maught acknowledged the execution of the said instrument to have been done by her freely, voluntarily, and understandingly, without compulsion or constraint from her said husband, and for the purposes therein expressed.
Page 96 - How dare you say that when we all heard him? Come on, sir, what was it?" "My lord," said the interpreter beginning to tremble, "it had nothing to do with the case." "If you don't answer I'll commit you, sir!" roared the judge. "Now, what did he say?
Page 77 - Judge Kent, the well-known jurist, presided in a case in which a man was indicted for burglary, and the evidence at the trial showed that the burglary consisted in cutting a hole through a tent in which several persons were sleeping, and then projecting his head and arm through the hole and abstracting various articles of value. It was claimed by his counsel that inasmuch as he never...

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