After a Far Side cartoon featured a chimpanzee referring to Jane Goodall as a "tramp", the cartoonist received a letter from Goodall's lawyers calling the comic an "atrocity". Goodall herself later saw the cartoon and loved it, and wrote the introduction to one of the Far Side collections.โ€ฆ
An Elmo cameo was written for the 2011 Muppets film but was stopped by Children's TV Workshop lawyers. Ironically, the scene featured the Muppets attempting to recruit Elmo but getting stopped by his lawyers.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "God Committee," a group of 7 American citizens chosen in 1961 to decide which patients needing dialysis received it. A lawyer, minister, banker, housewife, state official, labor leader, and surgeon had to chose who in their community would live as dialysis machines had just been inventedโ€ฆ
A US law firm set up honeypots on torrent-sharing site The Pirate Bay and then sued people who downloaded their torrents. The matter reached the FBI and the pirate site accepted to collaborate with the feds resulting in the crooked lawyers getting jail time.โ€ฆ
Eunice Carter, of of the first African-American women to become a lawyer in New York State was instrumental in bringing down mob boss Charles "Lucky" Luciano.โ€ฆ
During the trial of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, their just-appointed lawyers joined with the prosecution and accused their own clients. The trial lasted about one hour. The Ceausescus were sentenced to death and immediately executed.โ€ฆ
The Missouri Bar has produced coloring books to inform children about the functions of the government and the function of lawyers and judges, and made them available for free.โ€ฆ
A 12-yr-old Canadian boy was caught after hacking multiple sites in order to trade pirated information to the hacktivist group Anonymous for video games. His lawyer said the boy who had been hacking since age 9 was not politically motivated; he merely saw it as a challenge.โ€ฆ
Blanche Monnier, a French woman who was held in captivity and isolated from the the outside world in a room which had no exposure to sunlight for 26 years by her aristocratic mother because Blanche wanted to marry an unsuccessful lawyer.โ€ฆ
LeBron James decision to leave Cleveland to join Miami Heat was so disliked by the world at the time, that Osama Bin Laden's translator, who was being held at Guantanamo Bay prison wrote a letter to his lawyers saying "LeBron James is very bad man. He should apologize to the city of Cleveland."โ€ฆ
In the U.K, lawyers and judges still wear powdered wigs, as it's seen as a formality.โ€ฆ
In 16th century France, a lawyer successfully defended a group of rats in a court of law, which accused them of eating the barley-crop of local farmers. The court put up posters in nearby towns summoning the rats to court and asked the townspeople to move their cats indoors for their safety .โ€ฆ
William Atherton who plays the lawyer Walter Peck in Ghostbusters was so hated that after the movie came out he was harassed on the street and challenged to fights in bars.โ€ฆ
A Russian cat was used by prisoners to sneak drugs into their penal colony near Moscow. The cat allegedly had 5.79 grams of hashish & 1.56 grams of amphetamine under its collar. Defense/prosecution lawyers each wanted the cat to support their case but it escaped from its kennel before trial.โ€ฆ
Irving Kanarek (Charles Mansons defense lawyer) was known for outrageous delaying tactics. He once claimed that a witness's name was hearsay as the witness had heard it from his mother first.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Chicago Seven, and Judge Julius Hoffman, who had a man bound and gagged in court for a week he also ordered County Jail officials to cut one the defendants lawyers and one defendants hair as he did not like its length.โ€ฆ
The Tennessean lawyer Wiliam Walker, who during the middle of the 19th century tried to create his own personal empire in Central America and Mexico through filibustering (enganing in unauthorized military expeditions in a foreign country).โ€ฆ
Eminem's mom sued him for $10 million for defamation over lyrics in the song "My Name Is". The case was settled out of court for $25,000, with her lawyers taking nearly $24,000 of that.โ€ฆ
In 2016 lawyer Jerry Guerinot decided to stop representing people accused of capital murder after none of his 36 capital murder clients were found not guilty, and 21 of them landed on the death row.โ€ฆ
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Virgil D. Hawkins, a black lawyer who spent half his life fighting to practice law after being rejected from the UF Law School due to his race. After opening his law office at 69 and resigning from the Bar due to problems, he was posthumously reinstated and had a DC hero named after him.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about William Breckinridge, a captain of the Confederacy who later renounced the views that led him to fight for them and became a racial equality advocate. He also represented blacks in court as a lawyer and was even noted by a black lawyer that he had helped many blacks in their law careers.โ€ฆ
After illegally demolishing a historic London pub that survived the Blitz, a property developer/lawyer was ordered by court to rebuild it brick by brick.โ€ฆ
Robert Mardian, the political co-ordinator for the Committee to Re-elect the President, was convicted for his part in the Watergate scandal but later had the conviction overturned because his lawyer had fallen illโ€ฆ
A man was jailed for 17 years until lawyers found his doppelganger with the same first name. The authorities reversed his conviction.โ€ฆ
Aaron Burr married at age 77 to a woman that was well-off. She realized her fortunes were dwindling because of his land speculations, and filed for divorce. It was granted on the day of his death. Her lawyer? Alexander Hamilton, Jr., who was graduating college when his father died.โ€ฆ
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who grew up in Brooklyn, had no hint of an accent when she testified there as a lawyer in 1975. Now that she is a Justice, her accent has returned.โ€ฆ
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole 'money, not love' before escaping on a boat.โ€ฆ
When Adolf Eichmann was tried in Israel for his actions in the Holocaust, it was necessary to modify Israeli law to allow a team of foreign lawyers to defend him, since no Israeli lawyer would.โ€ฆ
Petermans in Seinfeld was based off J. Peterman Outfitters. The show lawyers approached the real John Peterman after the first episode and allowed him to review each script before it aired. That same year, the J. Peterman Company posted a $400,000 loss.โ€ฆ
Mad Magazine was threatened with a lawsuit after their parody of The Empire Strikes Back. The matter was dropped after Mad publisher Bill Gaines sent the lawyers a copy of a letter from George Lucas praising the satireโ€ฆ
In 1981 lawyer Roger Fisher came up with a nuclear arms protocol (Fisher Protocol) where the code to fire nuclear weapons would be inside a small capsule implanted near the heart of a willing volunteer who would have to carry a butcher knife with him.โ€ฆ
Karl Marx was born into a well-to-do family, the son of a lawyer, he went to the Universities of Bonn and Berlin. He married Jenny von Westphalen, who was part of the Prussian aristocracy and German nobility.โ€ฆ
In 1985 Sam Torosian thought up a card game to use in his card club. He asked a lawyer if he should patent it, and the lawyer told him he couldn't, so he didn't. The lawyer was wrong and had he patented his game "Pai Gow Poker", he'd be earning $70,000 a month instead of nothing.โ€ฆ
Despite being hospitalized for E.Coli from eating at Chipotle, a 19-yr-old woman told her lawyer to ask for free Chipotle burrito coupons to be included in her settlement. Chipotle paid her an undisclosed sum of money plus gave her about 3 dozen free burrito coupons.โ€ฆ
John Mercer Langston became the first African American lawyer in the United States when he passed the bar in 1854. Heโ€™s also the great-uncle of famed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.โ€ฆ
Al Caponeโ€™s ledgers, which led to his conviction, were actually inadmissible in court because the statute of limitations expired, but Caponeโ€™s lawyers were not competent in criminal tax law and did not object to their admission.โ€ฆ
A lawyer used his will for practical jokes. He gave a house to 3 men who hated each other, stocks in a brewery to preachers, shares of a racetrack to each ministers "except Spracklin, who shot a hotelkeeper", and gave the rest to whoever had the most kids in 10 years.โ€ฆ
John Edward H. Rulloff has the second largest brain ever recorded. He was a doctor, lawyer, photographer, inventor, school master, philologist, phrenologist, and carpet designer. He was also a serial killer. In jail he wrote a book on the evolution of language and was allowed to teach students.โ€ฆ
The creators of the album Dispepsi did not use its name, instead using anagrams like "Ideppiss", because they feared copyright infringements lawsuits from Pepsi. However, they started using the actual name after Pepsi lawyers told them they had no problem with that.โ€ฆ
Wigs are still a part of British criminal courts. Judges and barristers, their term for lawyers, have specific standards for wigs that must be worn during criminal case hearings.โ€ฆ
Learie Constantine, a Trinidadian Cricketer, Lawyer and Politician, who served as Trinidad's High Commissioner to the UK and was the UK's first Black Peer, successfully sued a Hotel Company in London in 1943, which had earlier denied him and his family accommodations based on their raceโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the time, when a lawyers pants spontaneously combusted in court while defending his client in an arson caseโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Charles Vance Millar, a Toronto lawyer, and practical joker, who bequeathed a large portion of his estate to the woman in Toronto who could produce the most children in the decade following his death in 1926.โ€ฆ
When William Jennens known as the "richest commoner in England" died in 1798, his estate became the subject of a legal dispute that lasted for well over a century until the entire estate had been swallowed by lawyers' fees.โ€ฆ
Japanese prisoners who are on death row are informed on the morning of their execution.their relatives, lawyer are told afterwards.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Robert Maheu, an American businessman and lawyer, who worked for the FBI and CIA, and as the chief executive of Nevada operations for the industrialist Howard Hughes. He recruited the mob to assassinate Fidel Castro and his investigative agency was a model for television's Mission Impossible.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Draco, an Athenian lawyer who gave the city its first written code. The word Draconian originated from his name as his laws were so brutal. According to legend, he died due to his popularity; after giving a speech at a theatre, he was smothered when the audience threw their cloaks at him.โ€ฆ
In England and Wales, the role of lawyer is divided in two. Solicitors provide legal advice, barristers argue in court, and clerks are middlemen between the two.โ€ฆ
Today I learned Willie Nelson has played the same guitar,โ€œTriggerโ€ for 50 years. It has been signed by friends, family, lawyers, and Johnny Cash. It was his last remaining possession twice. Willie has played it at over 10,000 shows and he gets it repaired every year at the same shop in Austin,TX

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