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Weird Cases: Comic and Bizarre Cases from Courtrooms around the World [Hardcover]

G Slapper
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Book Description

9 Dec 2009
Based on the author's popular Times Online column Weird Cases, this book draws on extraordinary cases from many countries. The result is a highly entertaining read for anyone who enjoys reading about the more bizarre aspects of human life that fetch up in the law courts at the beginning of the 21st century. Courts have seen judges do things like try to turn off a musical tie playing We wish you a merry Christmas while sentencing a defendant to prison, fall fast asleep in the middle of trials, flip a coin to decide a case, demand a foot massage from a clerk, and get sentenced for judicial racketeering. Courts have listened to the defences like that of a bogus dentist caught using DIY tools on his patients, a man who based his defence on being as hapless as Homer Simpson, and a woman who was running a brothel from an office in the criminal courts. Courts have seen a litigant sue for becoming pregnant by a stray sperm in a swimming pool, and a litigant suddenly strip naked before the judges. The cases featured in Weird Cases are those that truly stand out as odd, even among all the unusual dramas that challenge the courts. The chapters are: Compensation and Punishment, Love and Sex, Food, Drink, and Drugs, Judges, Death and Violence, Pets and Animals, On the Road, Lawyers, and Jurors, Friends, and Neighbours.

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  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill; 1t edition (9 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854900616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854900619
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This little gem of a book contains chapters on everything...scintillating with wry humour and personal aside and anecdote from the learned author...this is one jolly book" --Philip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

About the Author

Gary Slapper is an established writer in bringing law to a wide audience. He is a columnist with The Times, for which he has written since 1992, and Professor of Law at The Open University. He also acts as a legal consultant to BBC drama and documentaries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Present! 4 Oct 2013
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This is a fun easy reading book, good for anyone who is not looking for a deep meaningful look at the legals system, bought it as a present and it was a success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a touch... 26 Nov 2010
By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
OF THE BIZARRE IN COURT!

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Weird's not the word for some of the wild, wonderful, rude, crude and yes, bizarre things that happen, or are apt to happen in courtrooms worldwide, if Gary Slapper's entertaining new book is anything to go by.

As Slapper, leading legal academic and Times columnist notes: "courts must often come to rational conclusions about events that would in fact be rejected by television drama producers as implausibly bizarre."

Most of the cases he cites -- indeed probably all of them -- should be classified under the `you-couldn't-make-it-up' category. Take the case of the injurious underpants, for example. Well, you could call it that, especially when it's brought to your attention that in 2002, there were 369 people seriously injured by their underpants or knickers.

Attitudes to other instances of sartorial crime seem to vary around the world and indeed in the same country, notably the United States, a rich source of `weird cases' as avid Judge Judy fans will confirm. Do not, for example, wear revealingly 'saggy' trousers in Delcambre, Louisiana, or you might end up with a $500 fine and a 6 month jail sentence.

In Flint, Michigan, though, where things are a bit more lenient, you might get off with one of the `droopy-drawers' tickets that have been issued to local people since early 2009. However, not to worry if you are holidaying in the aptly named Riviera Beach, Florida where a defendant named Mr Hart escaped conviction for a similar offence, when the judge ruled that the local law prohibiting low slung trousers was unconstitutional.

And on it goes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Cases 8 Aug 2012
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Phillip Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor:

"...Scintillating with wry humour and enlivened by personal aside and anecdote from the learned author, `Weird Cases' is more or less a compendium of the sort of `funny old world' stories that you might read in `Private Eye'.."

Errrrrm obviously someone hasn't read Private Eye or if they do doesn't understand it.

I guess that is why they are on line giving reviews to drum up business?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 10 Sep 2010
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This is a must read for any law students... it keeps the humour going long after you have burned the midnight oil from studying.
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a touch... 26 Nov 2010
By Phillip Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
OF THE BIZARRE IN COURT

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Weird's not the word for some of the wild, wonderful, rude, crude and yes, bizarre things that happen, or are apt to happen in courtrooms worldwide, if Gary Slapper's entertaining new book is anything to go by.

As Slapper, leading legal academic and Times columnist notes: "courts must often come to rational conclusions about events that would in fact be rejected by television drama producers as implausibly bizarre."

Most of the cases he cites -- indeed probably all of them -- should be classified under the `you-couldn't-make-it-up' category. Take the case of the injurious underpants, for example. Well, you could call it that, especially when it's brought to your attention that in 2002, there were 369 people seriously injured by their underpants or knickers.

Attitudes to other instances of sartorial crime seem to vary around the world and indeed in the same country, notably the United States, a rich source of `weird cases' as avid Judge Judy fans will confirm. Do not, for example, wear revealingly 'saggy' trousers in Delcambre, Louisiana, or you might end up with a $500 fine and a 6 month jail sentence.

In Flint, Michigan, though, where things are a bit more lenient, you might get off with one of the `droopy-drawers' tickets that have been issued to local people since early 2009. However, not to worry if you are holidaying in the aptly named Riviera Beach, Florida where a defendant named Mr Hart escaped conviction for a similar offence, when the judge ruled that the local law prohibiting low slung trousers was unconstitutional.

And on it goes. This little gem of a book contains chapters on everything from compensation and punishment, to love and sex -- and from judges, jurors and lawyers to pets and animals, violence and death. Food, drink and drugs, and of course, fashion, do not escape scrutiny either

Scintillating with wry humour and enlivened by personal aside and anecdote from the learned author, `Weird Cases' is more or less a compendium of the sort of `funny old world' stories that you might read in `Private Eye', except that each has been revealed in the light of day within the august precincts of a courtroom. In particular, the revelations about vexatious or loopy litigants are hilarious. What a rich trove of anecdotes for your next after-dinner speech with the legal eagles!

If you're a member of the legal fraternity, (or even if you're not) this is one jolly book and one of no small practical value too. It will certainly reassure you that even in the law - particularly in the law - `there's nowt as queer as folk'. And as Christmas will soon be upon us, this book is a gift for your more solemn legal friends with more than a touch of the bizarre in court.
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