Weird Cases - Comic and Bizarre Cases from Courtrooms around the World


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Based on the author’s popular Times Online column Weird Cases, this book draws on extraordinary cases from many countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Romania, and China. The book is a highly entertaining read for anyone who enjoys 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.

"contains everything from compensation and punishment, to love and sex - and from judges, jurors and lawyers to pets and animals, violence and death...what a rich trove of anecdotes for your next after-dinner speech"
Philip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers