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How to Get Sued: An Instructional Guide Hardcover – June 3, 2008
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Unfortunately, I didn't find the book all that enjoyable to read. Why? I guess the simple reason is that Williams tries to show the lighter side of a variety of cases but - at least for me - he often narrowly misses the mark.
First, let me acknowledge that performing comedy is hard (I know - I do stand up comedy locally). But writing comedy, or at least writing with a light comedic touch, is even more difficult. As I was reading this book, my overwhelming impression was that Williams was trying just a bit too hard to come across as humorous.
The entire book is basically a summary of hundreds of cases - some of them quite odd cases - and what can happen to get folks in trouble with the law. After briefly describing the facts, Williams then gives you his impression of the case and how it might serve as a lesson.
Take the following example from his chapter on Committing a Crime:
Pass the Garden Hose, Pleas.
"Mom, there's Fred taking a shower outside again."
That's pretty much the money quote for this case.
Again, right out of the article first posted at [...]
"According to police, 49-year-old Fred Michaux of Vineland, New Jersey, was seen by a mother and her two young daughters as he showered himself with a garden hose on his front lawn at around 4 o'clock in the afternoon."
There are outside showers, and there are outside showers. Apparently Fred has a penchant for three things: no clothes, outside, and a garden hose.Read more ›