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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: 8 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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9 of 11 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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By Jeffrey J. Gilbeaux on March 19, 2014
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Unless you are one of those examples used in the book, then I feel for you. Then I laugh at you.
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By Hippoclides on February 14, 2014
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This is a very funny book with which I was already well familiar when ordering this replacement copy (someone borrowed mine.) Unfortunately, the source from which I ordered it seems had some water damage in the warehouse, so they refunded by money and sent me a note apologizing. I hope to find a copy elsewhere on Amazon soon.
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By Brenda Knickerbocker on August 13, 2013
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This book has a laugh on every page. It is hard to believe that people could be so dumb or so careless about the use of the language.
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By Dragonfly on June 25, 2013
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This book is funny, especially to anyone who's ever had to deal with the public's IQ. It really could use an update, though.
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