Guilty by Reason of Stupidity

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008 - Humor - 208 pages
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If the iPod is too loud, does Steve Jobs have to pay? Can Steven Spielberg cut a kid's hair without permission? Did Mickey Mouse and Fred Flintstone really cast votes for Ralph Nader?

Unbelievable but true tales of more than one hundred court calamities, curiosities, and comical cases.

Joel Seidemann's law career spans more than 25 years. He is currently a district attorney, but when he's not arguing on the city's behalf, he can be found researching the most bizarre, hilarious, and ridiculous cases of legal history. And now, thanks to Seidemann, we know why Lady Justice is blindfolded. Surely it's to hide her tears from the daily dysfunction and dalliances bestowed upon our country's judicial system.

Remember the woman who claimed she found a finger in her Wendy's chili? Or the judge who attempted to make a courtroom decision by flipping a coin? Seidemann concisely chronicles more than one hundred tales of courtroom chaos and credulity that are destined to make even the most experienced judge chuckle between sessions.

The perfect gift for newly licensed lawyers who just passed the bar, in addition to legal eagles currently in practice.


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User Review  - Spunkypineapple - LibraryThing

Enjoyable light read. I had previously read some of the cases, but not all, so there was enough new ones to make it worthwhile. Good for short burst reading while waiting. Read full review

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User Review  - shoughto - LibraryThing

The actual stories were very funny, but I found the the author's editorials grating most of the time. Perry Parks once said that if it's obviously ridiculous news, you just need to lay the information out there, you don't need to point out how ridiculous the people were. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Joel J. Seidemann is a district attorney who has seen his share of courtroom stupidity during his 25 years of practice. He is the author of In the Interest of Justice.

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