PRISONERS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

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Jailhouse lawyers have a lot of time on their hands.  They also can be darn creative.  A counterfeiter spending ten years as a guest of the Federal Government argued that he was being impermissibly detained for three more days than he had been sentenced to.  His ten years, he said, included three leap years, and since a year is generally … Read More

HAPPY FOURTH!

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A Happy Fourth for July from all of us at the Roth Law Firm. And remember to stay safe. As a court had to remind litigants back in 1953, use of fireworks in crowded areas can be dangerous to both life and property.

DISCORDANT NOTES

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Overprotective parents insisting that their offspring have a constitutional (if not divine) right to enjoy every aspect of school life can lead to some of the most frivolous lawsuits. One involved a child and would-be trumpet player who was dismissed from the band.  The parents insisted it was unfair, unconstitutional even; that the dismissal was handed down without any due … Read More

DELECTABLE PROOF

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It is true of course that it does not matter what one knows, only what one can prove.  But even that elementary concept can be pushed too far.  One needs not prove, as one litigant insisted, that coffee beans are food.  After all, coffee beans make coffee, and no-one cares whether they are edible before roasting or not.

MOW THAT LAWN, WASH THOSE WINDOWS

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Police officers coming upon a poorly maintained house entered it without a warrant.  They claimed they believed it to be abandoned.  The Court had none of it.  It explained that disrepair did not mean abandonment, and, with flair, added that there was no “trashy house exception” to needing a warrant.