Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Wonderful World of Law

Fall of the bed on your honeymoon? Sue the hotel for their unsafe facilities.

Your new husband concealed his impotence from you? Sue him for "eroding your right to have a family".

Someone misrepresents the amount of times you've been married (Six instead of Five)? Sue her for defamation and sabotaging your bid to chair the state Republican party.

Caught riding your horse downtown after drinking a twelve-pack in Kentucky? Face a fine for drunk driving.

All breaking stories just within the last 24 hours... During my first year at law school, I was surprised and delighted to discover that reading cases could actually be (gasp) fun. Often the judges possessed a keen literary flair ("In the summertime, village cricket is the delight of everyone" - God bless you, Lord Denning) and the stories told were often equally compelling/ridiculous. A veritable history of society, with all its charming and menacing quirks, can be found in those casebooks.

And proof beyond doubt that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.


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