Written by London Swaminathan
Date: 19 November 2016
Time uploaded in London: 11-14 am
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MORE COURT TRIAL ANECDOTES (Please read my earlier posts about court cases)
Don’t burn them, Read them!
When the celebrated Dunning, afterward Lord Ashburton, was “stating law” to a jury in court Lord Mansfield interrupted him by saying, “If that be law, I’ll go home and burn my books.”
My lord,” replied Dunning, “you had better go home and read them.
Who is Offensive!
One of Winston Churchill’s favorite stories is of the Earl of Birkenhead as a young barrister. He had gotten into a heated controversy with the Judge over some aspect of a case. Their remarks grew more and more and personal.
At last the Judge said, “Young man, you are extremely offensive. “Yes,” said the Earl, “we both are. But I am trying to be, and you can’t help it.”
Once opposing counsel objected to a juror on the ground that he knew Mr. Lincoln, and as this was a reflection upon the honor of a lawyer, Judge Davis promptly overruled the objection. But when Lincoln, following the example of his adversary examined two or three of the jury and found that they knew his opponent, the Judge interfered. “Now, Mr. Lincoln,” he observed severely, you are wasting time. The mere fact that a juror knows your opponent does not disqualify him.”
“No, Your Honor responded Lincoln dryly, “but I am afraid some of the gentlemen may not know him which would place me at a disadvantage.”
Thelwall, about to be tried for treason, wrote to Lord Erskine, the following laconic epistle: “I shall plead my own cause. To which Erskine as laconically replied “You’ll be hanged if you do”.
Mr Thelwall wittily rejoined: “Then if I do, I will be hanged.
A certain judge in the mining territory of Nevada had a reputation for probity (Honesty). In keeping with this opinion, he opened a mining claim case one morning with the following words to the court “Gentlemen, this court has received from the plaintiff in this case a check for $10,000. He has received from the defendant a check for $15,000. The court has returned $5,000 to the defendant and will now try the case on its merits.