Lawyers of Reddit were asked: "What's the dumbest thing you've seen take place in front of the judge?" These are some of the best answers.
2/26 The dumbest thing I've seen is a guy show up for not doing his community service in a shirt that said, "I'm not lazy, I just don't like to work.". Judge asked him about it and he said it was his only clean shirt.
Everybody had a good laugh even the judge.
3/26 DUI/DWAI/Drug defendants show up to criminal court with beer/weed/[screw] the police t-shirts constantly.
4/26 I'm doing jury selection on a civil case in California. It is going to be a long trial 6 weeks so the Judge is giving jurors a lot of latitude if they claim any hardship for serving that long.
After about 30 minutes of voir dire (which ended up taking 3 days and several panels) one guy stands up and says in very broken english that he can't follow. The Judge asks him if he speaks english well enough to render a fair verdict and he looks confused and says "No".
The judge thanks him for his service and dismisses him from the panel. In perfect english (accent now gone) he says "Thank you very much your honor. Where should I put my badge before I leave?"
Judge found him in contempt and ordered him to stay for Jury duty for the next week. (usually you just stay for one day if you don't get picked for a jury in that day, your service is over).
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