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Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History Paperback – July, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393310175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393310177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Misstatements from the courtroom--legalese marred by malapropisms, slips of the tongue, eccentric interpretations and profanities--are gleefully quoted in this compilation.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Court legalese, often combined with malapropisms and slips of the tongue in exchanges between judges, lawyers, plaintiffs, defendants and eccentric jurors, is gleefully quoted here Readers will undoubtedly cull their own favorites from this irreverent sampling of 'justice' in action. " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Charles M. Sevilla is in a private law practice in San Diego. His collection of humor in law books include "Disorder in the Court" and "Disorderly Conduct."

Customer Reviews

Funny book, great for a good laugh.
Amazon Customer
Fun reading for anyone, but if you have a friend who's a lawyer or a judge, it might be the perfect gift for them.
Virginia Allain
I've gotten about a quarter of the way into the book thinking that it'll get better.
S. Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on December 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book is a collection of things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down by court reporters. It must be tough to record some of these exchanges without laughing out loud. Fun reading for anyone, but if you have a friend who's a lawyer or a judge, it might be the perfect gift for them.

Here are some samples from the book:

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?

WITNESS: July 18th.

ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS: Every year.

_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?

WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.

ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?

WITNESS: Forty-five years.

_____________________________________

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband

said to you that morning?

WITNESS: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"

ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?

WITNESS: My name is Susan.

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a

person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

____________________________________

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-one-year-old, how old is he?

WITNESS: Uh, he's twenty-one

________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?

WITNESS: Would you repeat the question?

______________________________________

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby)

was August 8th?

WITNESS: Yes.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on January 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I decide to review a book, I try to pick subject that interest me and law is one of those subjects. This book has very little to with the practice of law and very much to do with the lighter side of the law. It will entertain you for hours as you read through the pages.
In just over 250 pages you will find some of the funniest things ever said in a courtroom. You'll read what lawyers; witnesses, jurors, judges, defendants and plaintiffs have said if you pay attention you'll find yourself on the ground laughing.
A book that took just one hour to complete from cover to cover has provided a very bright start to the New Year. The sidesplitting questions and answers are sure to make everyone laugh. A certain must have for everyone in the legal field.
Written by a practicing lawyer and taken from actual court transcripts you'll get a first hand look at not so serious side of the system of jurisprudence. Congratulations on a job well done! This book makes a great gift for those hard to buy people as well.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tacie Himelright on April 30, 2003
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The 2nd book of 2 by Charles M. Sevilla that takes a humorous look at the goings on in courtrooms around the country. I'm sure that a lot of you have gotten the e-mail with excerpts from this book (which is what prompted me to buy the book and the 1st "Disorderly Conduct"). I enjoyed this book and got some chuckles out loud. Anyone in or around the legal professions should find this book amusing. Amusing illustrations illuminate some of the quotes. There are bits of this book that are more amusing than others, but what I find amusing you may not. I still feel that there is enough in this book to make everyone smile (if not chuckle). An interesting addition to this book are the names and cities of the people who submitted the quotes to Mr. Sevilla (there was even one from my home town of West Chester). Which I guess now would be a good time to add - the author originally wrote a column that used this type of humor (and quotes) prompting people from around the country to start sending him their additions. After a while he had enough for 2 books. Over all this is a good book. It would be great for the beach - pick it up, put it down and pick it up again, no worrying about loosing your place in the story.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Edward Vielmetti on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Haven't read the whole thing. But some quotes from the book are circulating on the net. Samples:
Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in the voodoo A: We both do. Q: Voodoo? A: We do. Q: You do? A: Yes, voodoo.
Q: You were not shot in the fracas? A: No, I was shot midway between the fracas and the navel.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C Long on May 5, 2013
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Don't buy the kindle version. Lots of pages are missing. I would rate it zero star if i could. I want my money back
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Hokanson on July 1, 2013
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This book is not as funny as the excerpts led me to believe. And in the Kindle version, many pages were cut off so the content was not readable. I was very disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn W. Boaz, Jr. on January 10, 2007
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What a great book for carrying with you on visits and reading it to a shut-in or sharing it with a bunch of friends to perk things up on a cold winter's evening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Murphy on July 26, 2013
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The kindle version is not readable. Words are falling off on the right hand side of the page and a lot on content is disappearing at the bottom of the page.
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