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Great Legal Fiascos by Stephen Tumim

Great Legal Fiascos by Stephen Tumim

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Great Legal Fiascos

by Stephen Tumim

Illustrated by Bernard Cookson

Arthur Barker, 1985 [First Edition], ISBN 0213169274, illustrated frontispiece, black and white illustrations in text, hardcover, dust-jacket

Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, age toned pages, dust-jacket shows minor edge and shelf wear with minor rubbing to edges and corners, sticker residue on front top corner (see photographs)

"Anyone who has ever found the law to be an ass will find further evidence for that opinion among the tales in this second selection from Stephen Tumin's fund of legal absurdities.
Even a subject as seemingly dull as contempt of court yields such unexpected delights as the seventeenth-century offender who, according to the records, 'ject un brickbat a le justice que narrowly mist' and was 'immediatement hange' for his audacity.  Traditionally it is between the judges and barristers that the most hard-hitting projectiles are exchanged, verbal of course, though nowadays it is quite often the prisoner in the dock who has the last word.  'You are a humourless automaton,' said one would-be practical joker to a senior judge on receiving six months for contempt, 'why don't you self-destruct?'
Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge said in 1801 that he would like to hang a hundred lawyers - for their interference in his summary treatment of mutineers - and certainly the exploits and idiosyncrasies of many of the leading protagonists have over the years given rise to some fierce confrontations, quite apart from ludicrous lawsuits which were, and sometimes still are, possible to bring through the obscure ramifications of the legal system."

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