December 15, 2010

"You cannot be serious."

Things not to say in/on court.

23 comments:

former law student said...

More restrained that "Are you shitting me?" or even "You've got to be kidding me."

Belkys said...

What about asking for privacy when you r name is Assange:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338832/WikiLeaks-Julian-Assange-asked-judge-bail-address-secret.html

Lem said...

Dr. Rumack: Can you fly this plane and land it?

Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.

Dr. Rumack: I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.

MadisonMan said...

It occurs to me that that youtube clip could be the next autotuned song sensation.

Lem said...

Obamacare has been dealt a blow and it is now in "serious" condition.

Ted Striker: Mayday! Mayday!

Steve McCroskey: What the heck is that?

Johnny: Why, that's the Russian New Year. We can have a parade and serve hot hors d'oeuvres...

Sixty Grit said...
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chuck b. said...

I have to report for jury duty on Monday. I served 5 frickin' weeks on a trial federal court just 18 months ago. If they select me again they're going to hear some things you shouldn't say in court.

Hagar said...

Another top priority emergency measure passed:

http://alttransport.com/2010/12/senate-votes-to-add-noise-in-electric-vehicles-and-hybrids/


Wv: orsucks - congresscritters

Belkys said...

From Wikipedia
The Locomotive Act 1865 (Red Flag Act)]
Set speed limits of 4 mph (6 km/h) in the country and 2 mph (3 km/h) in towns.
Stipulated that self-propelled vehicles should be accompanied by a crew of three: the driver, a stoker and a man with a red flag walking 60 yards (55 m) ahead of each vehicle. The man with a red flag or lantern enforced a walking pace, and warned horse riders and horse drawn traffic of the approach of a self propelled machine.

Triangle Man said...

How about, instead of "I object", one says "Come on! That's absurd! I can't believe this!"

Triangle Man said...

@Hagar

What if they add a sound like this to hybrids?

Mark O said...

Happy to have posted this at 1 PM.

Mark O said...
And so the legal discourse of America has repaired to the odd wisdom of John McEnroe. "You cannot be serious."

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12/15/10 1:09 PM

But, now I'm worried about the association.

Lem said...

You cannot be serious.

JAL said...

Love the shorts. You, Professor?

Fen said...

Things not to say in/on court.

If you are an attorney: anything you don't already know the answer to.

If you are a defendant: "I'll be representing myself today"

Ann Althouse said...

"Love the shorts. You, Professor?"

Yes! He's totally within my rule about playing a sport where shorts is the proper attire. And I love the old 70s hot pants look. Sleek!

edutcher said...

If we're talking McEnroe, we better include things not to throw on/in the court.

Bob Ellison said...

I'm a little sympathetic to the "you cannot be serious" taunt. It's not an argument, of course, but a slap, and slaps can be useful. Not in McEnroe's case, where he had no authority, and not in Josh Marshall's, where he has no logic, but in other cases it can work. Some things are stupid and deserve to be called so without great explication.

traditionalguy said...

Johnny Mac had a way of communicating that demanded an answer, which is the assertion of authority. He must have felt that Wimbledon needed him more than he needed Wimbledon. Pelosi must have thought that the country needed her fascistic Government skills more she needed a free country.

Jason (the commenter) said...

As in Yahoo Serious?

Trooper York said...

Arthur Kirkland: That man is guilty! That man, there, that man is a slime! he is a *slime*! If he's allowed to go free, then something really wrong is goin' on here!
Judge Rayford: Mr. Kirkland you are out of order!
Arthur Kirkland: You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They're out of order! That man, that sick, crazy, depraved man, raped and beat that woman there, and he'd like to do it again! He *told* me so! It's just a show! It's a show! It's "Let's Make A Deal"! "Let's Make A Deal"! Hey Frank, you wanna "Make A Deal"? I got an insane judge who likes to beat the shit out of women! Whaddya wanna gimme Frank, 3 weeks probation?
Frank Bowers: *Dammit!*
Arthur Kirkland: [to Judge Fleming] You, you sonofabitch, you! You're supposed to *stand* for somethin'! You're supposed to protect people! But instead you rape and murder them!
[dragged out of court by bailiffs]
Arthur Kirkland: You killed McCullough! You killed him! Hold it! Hold it! I just completed my opening statement!
(And Justice For All, 1979)

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