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Splendid. . . . Pokes irreverent fun at everyone in the court system. . . . Lee Lorenz' fine illustrative cartoons add laughs to this madness. -- Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Rodney R. Jones is a practicing attorney in Medocino, California.

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.

Gerald F. Uelmen is a professor at the University of Santa Clara Law School. Jones and Uelmen have edited a companion volume, Supreme Folly, also available in Norton paperback.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393319261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393319262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on January 19, 2000
Another book that covers the misquotes of the legal system? Maybe but the funny stories that you will read make it a real pleasure to review this book. This 170 plus page book of stories and illustration are actual excerpts from cases and I am glad to have read this book.
Covered in the book is testimony from expert witnesses, the jury selection process, cross-examinations, opening and closing arguments and the sentencing phase. Each section is so enjoyable and so funny, I found myself laughing for hours.
Poking fun at the legal profession is getting to be too easy and this book proves it. The stories are great and coupled with the fantastic illustrations you have an unbeatable combination. A real collectors item for those in and out of the legal field.
The verdict is in and it's unanimous, guilty of laughter in the first degree. Well done and congratulations on a fine and hilarious book!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tacie Himelright on April 30, 2003
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The 1st of 2 books by Charles M. Sevilla (with others on this book) that takes a humorous look at life in the courtroom. 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 2nd "Disorder in the Court"). With quotes like "Then I object to the District Attorney objecting to my objecting to standard legal objections" (p. 60) there is something in this book to tickle everyone's funny bone. Anyone in or around the legal professions should find this book amusing. Amusing illustrations illuminate some of the quotes. I found some quote more amusing that others, but over all got a good chuckle out of the book. 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amit Patel on September 26, 2006
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I enjoyed the book, but I had read it in an hour, and I have no desire to read it again. So what do I do with it now? I'll give it to someone else. Save your money and borrow this book from a friend or from the local library.
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Some very humorous cartoons, surrounded by actual/true court proceedings. Most are humor, but some simply illustrate the mentality of people who end up in our courts. In this book they can come across as being humorous, but more importantly the humor in their lack of brainpower and attempts to be clever when they lack cleverness. Also, the judicial process is always in play here and in a few cases may be confusing to readers not familiar with the court system. Excellent collection of court humor.
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By ArizonaGirl on November 1, 2014
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As an attorney, I found a lot of the stories in his books very funny. I even knew one of the hapless people whose courtroom verbal entanglement was in one of the books! I keep them in my conference room, for clients to enjoy when I delayed in getting in there with them.
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By G. L. Phillips on December 1, 2008
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I really enjoyed this, as well as the first, book of actual legal transcript excerpts. I only wish the book was larger, with more of the delightfully scary expressions of judges, counsel, and witnesses! Three stars are awarded for the price v. amount of laughs.
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By T. Haenni on January 6, 2008
If you like dry satire, you'll like these little courtroom excerpts. Although the setting is the legal arena, it's less about law and more about the idiotic things people say. Good for a quick laugh.
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By Chantal Rioux on December 29, 2012
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Loved it! Things I read in there that I thought I would only hear in movies! This book is a must if you enjoy silly humour and lots of laughing!
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