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The Judge Who Hated Red Nail Polish: And Other Crazy but True Stories of Law and Lawyers


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How many lawyers have won Darwin awards?

Do British barristers ever ...

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If you're looking for tales of loopy legal tomfoolery, courtroom comedy, kooky laws, and even loonier lawyers...then look no further. This is the book that provides answers to fascinating questions like:

How many lawyers have won Darwin awards?

Do British barristers ever wash their wigs?

Is it legal to keep treasure you find in a sunken ship?

Can someone driving a golf cart be convicted of a DUI?

What's the dumbest excuse ever given by a criminal?

Where has Clarence Darrow's ghost been sighted?

How did the court system make Typhoid Mary famous?

And of course, which Supreme Court judge had, among his other idiosyncrasies, an unnatural hatred for red nail polish?

The book that should be in every lawyer's waiting room (or bathroom) and ... no, they can't bill you for reading it!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413311914
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 4/21/2010
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Nolo's legal editors are lawyers who have dedicated themselves to creating books and software that give people legal information in plain English. More than a dozen legal editors, who together have hundreds of year of legal experience, currently work on Nolo products.

Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. She is co-author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and also edits a number of Nolo's small business books. Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Masters degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington.

Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, crafts people, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. He is the author of many books, including Music Law, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim also produces audiobooks, and performs and records with two bands.

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Table of Contents

A Roadtrip Through Loony U.S. Laws 1

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Lawyers 4

Barbie Goes to Court 8

How One Woman Survived the Most Rigorous Law School Admission Process in History and Still Managed to Feed the Kids and Clean the House 11

Reality TV in the Courtroom 15

Biggest Beyond-the-Grave Control Freaks 19

Five Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Clarence Darrow 23

Famous Prisoners' Last Meals 27

Five Reasons Why John Donne Was Meant to Be a Poet, Not a Lawyer 31

Memorable Cases of False Advertising 35

Typhoid Mary Goes to Court 38

Lawyers Who've Won Nobel Prizes for Literature 41

A Lexicon of Ne'er-Do-Wells 46

Behind-the-Scenes Players in the U.S. Law Biz 51

Lawyers Who've Won Darwin Awards 54

Longest Jury Deliberations 56

Finding M&Ms in Court, in Contracts, and in Compromising Legal Situations 61

The Judge Who Hated Red Nail Polish 65

World's Longest Prison Sentences 69

Literary Lawyers Quiz 72

Must-Visit Travel Destinations for Law Buffs 77

Nellie Mitchell, Age 96, Takes on a Tabloid 81

Times May, in Fact, Have Changed: Old Court Opinions 84

Consider Yourself Warned! 89

Top Ten Songs That Are Really, Truly About Lawyers 92

Test Your Knowledge of Impeachment 97

Celebrities With Law Degrees 101

Seven Rules You'd Think Every Bank Robber Would Know 104

Who Did You Say Went Bankrupt? 108

The Lawyer Who Invented Copying 112

Haunted History: The Salem Witch Trials 116

Would the Law Protect You From Buying a Haunted House? 119

Ooh, You Could've Bought Madoff's Rolex! 123

High Fences Make Spiteful Neighbors 126

A DUI for Driving a What?! 130

Taking the Fifth: How "Funny Girl" Helped Popularize the Most Famous One-Liner in Criminal Law 134

Do You Know Enough About Law to Pass the U.S. Citizenship Test? 138

Toupee or Not Toupee? All About British Barristers' Wigs 142

Worst Excuses Ever for Committing a Crime 146

Ten Best Crime-Solving Lawyers in Mystery Series 150

Wanna Play Auditor? 157

Take Me Out to the Ball Game-But Don't Get Between Me and That Home Run Ball 161

What's in a Name? 165

Whose Sunken Treasure Is It? 169

How Copyright Law Found Its Mojo 173

'Til Death-Or the Tabloids-Do Us Part: Messy Celebrity Divorces 176

Man's Best Friend? 180

Best Scenes From Movie Courtrooms 183

Take My Wives, Please: Polygamy Law FAQ 188

How Robert Crumb Almost Lost "Keep on Truckin"' 192

Trials of the Centuries 196

"Oops" Headlines About Law and Crimes 203

How Rich People Avoid Getting Beaten Up in Prison 205

How Much Can a Fake Lawyer Earn? 209

Can You Name That Supreme Court Case? 212

Most Creative Jail Breaks 216

The United States Constitution-Not Written in Stone (Sort Of) 219

You Can Have the House and Kids, But Not the Dog! 224

Five Defective Products That Changed the Law 228

Biggest U.S. Family Legal Feuds 235

Off to Court in a Chicken Costume 241

When Judges Get Fed Up 244

Five Strange But True Butt-Related Inventions 247

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