January 21: Crimes and Criminals

January 21
Crimes and Criminals


60.              History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.

~Edward Gibbon (1737–1794)



Crime is naught but misdirected energy.

~Emma Goldman (1869–1940) in Anarchism (1910)

Emma Goldman



Obviously crime pays, or there’d be no crime.

~G. Gordon Liddy


January 17: Lawyers

January 17



I’m trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer.

~Oliver Laurence “Ollie” North (born in 1943), an American political commentator and television host, military historian, New York Times best-selling author, and a former United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. North is primarily remembered for his term as a National Security Council staff member during the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s. The scandal involved the clandestine sale of weapons to Iran, supposedly to encourage the release of U.S. hostages then held in Lebanon. North formulated the second part of the plan, which was to divert proceeds from the arms sales to support the Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua, which had been specifically prohibited under the Boland Amendment.



There are two kinds of lawyers, those who know the law and those who know the judge.


Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.

~Erik Pepke



January 15: Humor

January 15



About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists of telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.

~Elihu Root, quoted in Philip C. Jessup, Elihu Root (Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1964), vol. 1, p. 133, as cited by Lloyd B. Snyder, “Is attorney-client confidentiality necessary?,” Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Spring 2002, p. 33


What are lawyers really? To me a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We’re all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there’s a problem, the lawyer is the only person that has actually read the inside of the top of the box.

~Jerry Seinfeld, SeinLanguage (New York: Bantam, 1993), ISBN 0553096060, p. 90


The plaintiff, an unmarried lady, while attending a circus performance as a guest of the circus, was seated in the front row. During the show, “a horse, which was going through a dancing performance immediately in front of where plaintiff was sitting, . . . caused to back towards the plaintiff, and while in this situation the horse evacuated his bowels into her lap, that this occured in full view of many people, . . . all of whom laughed at the occurrence, that as a result thereof the plaintiff was caused much embarassment, mortification, and mental pain and suffering  . . ..”

Judgment for plaintiff.

~Turnage v. Christy Brothers Circus, 144 S.E. 680 (Ga. Ct.App. 1928)



January 10: Humor

January 10



It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any.

~Mae West


Mae West


The Sybil Defense.

An attorney representing himself in a case for recovery of his fees had his case dismissed because he failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing. He subsequently filed a motion requesting relief from the judgment of dismissal based upon the theory that it wouldn’t be fair to penalize the client for the mistakes of his attorney. Defendants filed their opposition to the motion, which included the following excerpt:


Uniquely, Plaintiff herein, an attorney litigating in pro se, is alleging that he has caused his client (himself) irreparable harm for which he should not be made to bear the mistakes of his attorney (also himself). Defendants, jokingly, have dubbed this the ‘Sybil’ defense.


~Stein v. Willow Beach/Colorado River Recreation Association, Los Angeles County Municipal Court, Case No. SB94C02433 (1994)



Law cannot persuade where it cannot punish.

~Thomas Fuller


February 17: Law and Lawyers: Lawyers

February 17



Lawyers are men whom we hire to protect us from lawyers.

~Elbert Hubbard


135.                        There is a general prejudice to the effect that lawyers are more honourable than politicians but less honourable than prostitutes. That is an exaggeration.

~Alexander King