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Thursday, January 13, 2005

First, Let's Annoy All the Lawyers

Did you hear the one about the two guys arrested for telling lawyer jokes? But seriously folks, it happened earlier this week to the founders of a group called “Americans for Legal Reform,” who were waiting in line to get into the First District Courthouse. “How do you tell when a lawyer is lying?” Harvey Kash reportedly asked Carl Lanzisera. “His lips are moving,” they said in unison. While some waiting to get into the courthouse giggled Monday at the old chestnut, an attorney further up the queue was not laughing. He told them to pipe down and when they didn’t, the attorney reported the pair to court personnel, who charged them with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

The moral of this story is: don't piss off lawyers at the Courthouse. They are frequent fliers there and know the lay of the land. The Court house is home turf for lawyers, and everybody protects their turf. Don't act stupid and disrespectful in a Courthouse or you too may need a lawyer.


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