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Pair Arrested After Telling Lawyer Jokes

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the not-so-loudly dept.

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fembots writes "Two men were arrested for telling lawyer jokes while standing in line leading into First District Court. A spokesman for the Nassau courts said the men were causing a stir and that their exercise of their First Amendment rights to free speech was impeding the rights of others at the court."

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Slow news day? (1, Insightful)

SYFer (617415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355027)

So in this case, "Your Rights Online" refers merely to the fact that these jokesters were standing "on line." With all due respect, I just don't see how this is Slash-worthy.

Next!

Re:Slow news day? (2, Insightful)

Antonymous Flower (848759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355067)

Because it pertains to your right to say what you just said. Literary elements such as Satire have allowed people to say things they could not say directly. This pair was arrested for cracking jokes. The questions are: What precedent may be set? What comes next?

Re:Slow news day? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355108)

Grandparent is right, this has no place on slashdot. Seriously, what's next, boobies links? Poondot.org?

And another thing, what's with the .org thing still. /. is part of a money making company.

Re:Slow news day? (1, Insightful)

Leo McGarry (843676) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355189)

Oh, it pertains to no such thing. Drop the agenda-mongering and look at the facts of the case: Two men were causing a disturbance on government property. When given the opportunity to stop, they refused, knowing full well that they were in danger of being arrested on a misdemeanor charge.

These boys weren't exercising their right to free speech. They were, deliberately and with malicious intent, making a public nuisance of themselves. And we have laws against that sort of thing.

The freedom of speech is not a freedom to be a shithead.

Re:Slow news day? (3, Insightful)

SilverspurG (844751) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355279)

The freedom of speech is not a freedom to be a shithead

If some hoidy-toidy lawyer down at the courthouse can't take it then tell him to close his ears. For crying out loud, what is this, kindergarten? Did he really have to go running to the teacher,"Make them stop! Make them stop!"

public nuisance

My butt. What's the legal definition for that? "Anything we want when we feel like it"?

Re:Slow news day? (2, Insightful)

Frankie70 (803801) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355269)


Because it pertains to your right to say what you just said. Literary elements such as Satire have allowed people to say things they could not say directly


But how is it related to YRO - Your Rights *ONLINE*

I dunno, something smells fishy... (4, Insightful)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355030)

Okay, my first reaction: Petty abuse of power? By a lawyer? There's got to be some mistake.

Reading the article, however, makes me wonder if we're really getting the whole story here. Given that these aren't just two random individuals but the founders of "Americans for Legal Reform", I personally smell an increased likelyhood that their side of things contains a certain amount of BS. Of course it's just my gut instinct talking and your milage may vary.

Unfortunately this level of doubt precludes the normal level of moral outrage (aka, "hits" or "ad impressions") that these threads are supposed to generate, and for that I apologize.

Now, answer me this: How many RIAA lawyers does it take to screw in a light blub?

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (3, Informative)

IdleTime (561841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355062)

I saw the 2 guys and their lawyer on The Abrams Report on MSNBC today and it was hillarious. They were telling jokes while waiting to get through the metal detectors and one single lawyer got offended and reported them, anonymously...

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (4, Interesting)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355117)

Yeah, according to them. According to the court:
But Dan Bagnuola, a spokesman for the Nassau courts, said the men were causing a stir and that their exercise of their First Amendment rights to free speech was impeding the rights of others at the court.


"They were being abusive and they were causing a disturbance," Bagnuola said. "They were making general comments to the people on line, referring to them as 'peasants,' and they were causing a disturbance. And they were asked on several occasions to act in an orderly manner, not to interfere with the operation of the court."
Frankly, they sound like jackasses. Dunno wtf their point was, but it certainly wasn't to have a conversation with each other.

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (1)

EvilSporkMan (648878) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355132)

Too bad "being a jackass" isn't illegal. Frankly, "disorderly conduct" sounds like legal bullshit to me, one of those things that isn't really illegal until some old hag complains about it, like those laws about swearing in front of women and children.

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355148)

Too bad "being a jackass" isn't illegal.

Being a jackass isn't illegal, but causing a disturbance in a courthouse is.

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355165)

If only there were some law we could use to prosecute people who conducted themselves in a disorderly manner in public...

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (1)

Leo McGarry (843676) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355214)

Actually, "being a jackass" is definitely illegal. It's called "disorderly conduct," and it refers to any attempt to disquiet or agitate an otherwise orderly assembly of people. It's been against the law for as long as we've had laws.

Next on FOX: When Lawyers Attack! (3, Insightful)

EvilAlien (133134) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355171)

The First Ammendment needs to protect jackasses too. Labelling a speaker as a "jackass" due to what was said is a matter of perception, not fact. The court case resulting from this will be the test for the two alleged jackasses... unfortunately, the cursory description of the incident leads to easy classification of the speakers as jackasses, the lawyers as bloodsucking fiends, etc etc.

If the two were wrongfully arrested, would they be capable of getting some sort of compensation under US law?

Re:Next on FOX: When Lawyers Attack! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355221)

The 1st Amendment protects your right to say things, however it does not guarantee you a venue in which to say them.

For example: if I were on trial and tried to disrupt the proceedings by yelling down the prosecutor, I would not be within my First Amendment rights.

This carries over in a lot of ways, but the thing to remember is that the basic aim of the 1st is to prevent government censorship (which this was not).

Fact: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355295)

It's perfectly legal to be a jackass in America.

Secondly, who cares what their point was. Lawyers delicate sensibilities are not protected by the constitution, and their freedom of speech is.

Thirdly, whatever they did has just been validated in the minds of a generally apathetic and increasingly mean public.

Finally, your cited text, that's what bullshit looks like when it's formally documented.

Honestly, if I was on a jury hearing the case of a lawyer who was brutally murdered, unless the guy was Jimmy Carter off the clock, it'd probably be a hung jury. It's called karma.

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355091)

None, they got themselves some cheap prison labor to do it.

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355115)

100

89 to prepare 10,000 subpoenas, 10 to stack them in a room and one to climb the stack to reach the lightbulb

Re:I dunno, something smells fishy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355166)

How many RIAA lawyers does it take to screw in a light blub
None. They are too busy screwing over 8 year olds.

Answer Candidate (5, Funny)

IBitOBear (410965) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355252)

Q: How many RIAA lawyers does it take to screw in a light blub?

A: We at the RIAA think we will never really know, as we are fairly sure that each lightbulb changed by a home internet user represents a lost lightbulb installation fee, which in turn affects the not just the RIAA lawyers but the Lighting Technicians and Carpenters and all the little people involved in music production to such an extent that we now have to over-task our lawyers to combat the menace of the Open Standard Lightbulb Organizations. Th pressure generated by these OSLOs, in turn, prevents us from determining the natural lawyer to lightbulb ratio. Until Congress acts to plug this fee-structure leakage with an appropriate rights management technology and enacts proper criminal penalties for circumvention of our natural right to control the exercise of the lightbulb changing task, we will be forced to file John Doe lawsuits in order to gain the suppoena power necessary to compel the lightbulb supply corporations with the names and addresses of their clearly infringing customers.

You realize (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355032)

This was not online, right? This was what we would call "offline."

Re:You realize (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355090)

No, *in* line. RTFA.

Re:You realize (5, Funny)

Saratoga C++ (456351) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355209)

Wouldn't this be "Your Rights inline" ?

Some Jokes (3, Funny)

larry2k (592744) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355033)

Q: What do you say to a lawyer with an IQ of 50?
A: Good morning, Your Honor.

Q: How do you tell if a lawyer is lying?
A: His lips are moving.

Q: Why do they bury lawyers 100 feet into the ground?
A: Because down deep, they're good people.

Q: What's the difference between a vulture and a lawyer?
A: Wing tips

This First Post has an order bug

Re:Some Jokes (5, Funny)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355102)

Q: What's black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?

A: A doberman.

Re:Some Jokes (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355223)

Q: What's red and orange and looks good on a lawyer?

A: Fire.

Re:Some Jokes (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355290)

You don't spell nigger L-A-W-Y-E-R. You just ruined the joke.

Q: What's black and brown and looks good on a nigger?

A: A dobermann pinscher.

Re:Some Jokes (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355110)

So you're trapped in a room with Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and a lawyer. Luckily, being a good American second amendment nut, you have your trusty pistol with you. But you look in the chamber and realize you only have two bullets!! Quick -- what do you do?

ANSWER: Shoot the lawyer twice.

Re:Some Jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355113)

How do you keep a lawyer from drowning?
Take your foot off his head.

Re:Some Jokes (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355182)

Q: How do you tell if a lawyer is lying?
A: His lips are moving.


Isn't this the joke those two got arrested for? I read it somewhere but can't find it now...

Re:Some Jokes (1)

randallpowell (842587) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355264)

How can they be arrested for telling the truth?

Re:Some Jokes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355243)

Q: What's the proper way to address a nigger in a suit?
A: Will the defendant please rise.

Q: What's the proper way to address a nigger in a uniform?
A: I want a medium chips (fries, pommes frites, whatever you call them where you live) with that.
or
A: Inmate number 9876, attention!

Q: What's the difference between a nigger and a tyre? ("tire", if you live in the united transatlantic colonies)
A: The tyre doesn't start singing when you put chains on it.

Q: What does "Pontiac" mean?
A: Poor Old Nigger Thinks It's A Cadillac.

Q: Why do niggers smell so bad?
A: So that blind people can hate them too.

Q: Why shouldn't you be driving your nigger in a convertible?
A: The nigger's lips will be caught in the wind, slapping the nigger to death.

Now I'm tired of typing. Use google.

Re:Some Jokes (4, Funny)

Dorsai65 (804760) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355251)

Q: How is a lawyer like a whore?
A: For the right money, either one will assume any position.

Q: Why do lawyers wear such tight collars?
A: So the foreskin doesn't show.

Q: What do you give a lawyer before he goes swimming?
A: An anchor.

Re:Some Jokes (2, Funny)

TFGeditor (737839) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355298)

Q: What do you call 10,000 lawyers on the bottom of the ocean?
A: A good start.

yikes... (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355038)


...someone better explain to them what IANAL means before they start the sodomy lawsuits...

so... (1)

undernourished (413122) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355040)

i wonder if they told the obligitory first post joke?

Arrested for disorderly conduct (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355044)

Not lawyer jokes.

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355046)

First Post

Did you hear the one about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355048)

...the slashdot thread where everyone shares their favorite lawyer jokes?

Subversion of the Constitution (1)

vijayiyer (728590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355051)

Lawyers and the courts have been subverting the constitution for years. This is just another example of it. Not surprising, especially given that their own kind was attacked.

The summary leaves something out: (5, Informative)

Xshare (762241) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355052)

These guys weren't randomly standing in line telling lawyer jokes. They purposely and continually go to courts and heckle the lawyers.

The pair said that for years they have stood outside courthouses on Long Island and mocked lawyers. The summary appears to inflame, when it shouldn't.

Re:The summary leaves something out: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355089)

Yiakiks!

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

ryusen (245792) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355092)

But they they really interfere int he operation of the court or were they just being obnoxious?

Re:The summary leaves something out: (2, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355176)

Who knows? But given that:

a) What kind of nut regularly goes to the courthouse and heckles lawyers as a hobby?

b) They've spun this story as "Arrested for telling lawyer jokes!"

I'm inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to the judge, not to them.

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

ryusen (245792) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355254)

i am just wishing there was some more detail about what happened.

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

happyemoticon (543015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355219)

You could argue that by making lawyers feel angry and hurt you're affecting their performance or reptuation. What we're talking about is "SLANDER - A false defamation (expressed in spoken words, signs, or gestures) which injures the character or reputation of the person defamed; distinguished from libel."

A lot of lawyers are really sensitive about that kind of thing. Hell, I'd be pissed off if people thought less of me for going through a very competitive graduate program and working 120 hour weeks. People are convicted of libel and slander for insulting organizations, ethnic minorites, etc. Why should this apply to one group and not another?

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

ryusen (245792) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355303)

Is it really slander or libel if they are not telling lies about a specific person? I figure if i can deal with the stupid jokes about being a computer geek, they should be able to deal with the lawyer jokes. I have no problem if they were truly obstructing the court's function, but th earticle isn't that definate on it.

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

Leo McGarry (843676) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355239)

First one, then the other.

Re:The summary leaves something out: (5, Funny)

trawg (308495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355126)

The summary appears to inflame, when it shouldn't.
Welcome to slashdot!

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

coopaq (601975) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355131)

The summary appears to inflame, when it shouldn't.

The plane is going down. Inside is a Doctor, a Lawyer and CowboyNeal.

Who survives the crash?

Re:The summary leaves something out: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355146)

They purposely and continually go to courts and heckle the lawyers.
I still don't see the problem.

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355149)

In other words, they aren't just innocent victims. They're heros!

Ummm.... (5, Insightful)

fluxrad (125130) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355226)

Last time I checked, standing outside a courthouse expressing disdain for lawyers is perfectly legal.

In some states, they even allow people to carry signs and march around in circles outside of buildings. In fact, from time to time, these sign wielding people will even chant repetative slogans (gasp). My friend, people have a right to protest, be it against abortion, creationism, blacks, whites, gays, white supremacists and yes...lawyers.

Do I think these guys are stupid douchebags? Of course.

Am I outraged that they were arrested for being stupid douchebags? You bet your ass I am.

Re:Ummm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355299)

From what I understand, these guys were screwing up everyone's day at the court. It wasn't that they were making stupid jokes (they were). It seems that they were stopping business from taking place, and when they were told to move out, they refused.

Sounds like the right decision was made.

But it also sounds like these two "funny guys" got what they wanted - an article about "how they were arrested for telling lawyer jokes".

Re:The summary leaves something out: (1)

d34thm0nk3y (653414) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355233)

These guys weren't randomly standing in line telling lawyer jokes. They purposely and continually go to courts and heckle the lawyers. The pair said that for years they have stood outside courthouses on Long Island and mocked lawyers.

I have a hard time imagining how that would be illegal. It is not illegal to be an asshole. The only difference here is that they were in line for the metal detectors. Now, if they were purposely preventing people from getting through said detectors there may be a point, but it is hard to tell exactly what happened.

I guess that is a question for the courts to determine, I just hope they get a fair trial. It is going to be hard to find an impartial judge since they are all lawyers.

from the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355274)


" 'Shut up,' the man shouted," Lanzisera said. "'I'm a lawyer.'"

The attorney reported Kash and Lanzisera to court personnel, who arrested the men and charged them with engaging in disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

It makes sense. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355055)

If you hate lawyers, you're an obvious terrorist.

I was in the line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355057)

I was getting ready to make another lawyer joke, but luckily some guy from Hong Kong started downloading DareDevil via BitTorrent on my laptop, so I got distracted and that apparently saved me.

Re:I was in the line (1)

julie-h (530222) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355210)

I were there too. He uploaded, not downloaded =)

Perhaps this will come on /. ? =)

Your rights ONLINE?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355058)

What the HELL does this have to do with ONLINE? Is this just Your Rights Being Threatened Via Our Fearmongering?

Soon we'll all be seeing news stories on here about things we must do "or the terrorists will have won".

Here's a joke (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355059)

Slashdot Editors!

(Psst... make a "Law" category rather than stuff everything into YRO.)

Psst kill YRO altogether and put it under Law (1)

Rares Marian (83629) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355101)

then start posting only lawyer jokes to it.

You can twist this situation anyway you like it... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355075)

Sure it may sound bad this way... But I am sure the two guys went overboard somewhere... They did not simply offend one judge/lawyer/whatever and poof, was off to jail...

This is one situation where I am sure you had to be there to know really what happened, since there is probably two stories to this one, the one doing the arresting, and the ones being arrested...

If you didn't vote Libertarian, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355079)

you asked for this!

Next time Vote Libertarian, so we can get rid of sh!t like this.

Re:If you didn't vote Libertarian, (0, Troll)

Leo McGarry (843676) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355263)

And also such annoyances as the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Education.

Yes, by all means, vote libertarian if you want contaminated food, unsafe planes and even more poorly educated kids.

It's Long Island - what do you expect??? (4, Insightful)

solafide (845228) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355080)

Rude, uncivil, etc. Why were they there anyway? Learn your manners and respect other peoples opinions! Especially in front of the lawyer - how dumb was that?

Sorry for the rant, but what fool calls lawyers names to their faces?
Billy

Re:It's Long Island - what do you expect??? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355163)

Christ. Think about that for a second. Lawyers are not gods. They are almost certainly NOT better people than you. I have no difficulty telling a lawyer that I'll assume she's a conniving bitch until she proves otherwise - you shouldn't either. The article is right on the money - lawyers want to control you, and with your attitude, you're letting them. The burgeoning lawyerocracy will have to be stopped fairly soon. Pick a set of ethical guidelines and live by them. Don't confuse what is legal and what is right. Above all, don't elevate lawyers to new nobility.

Re:It's Long Island - what do you expect??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355179)

It's called "guts". You keep on slinking around and calling names when people can't hear, you obviously don't understand the concept.

Re:It's Long Island - what do you expect??? (1)

DoraLives (622001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355180)

Submit.

Obey.

Re:It's Long Island - what do you expect??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355235)

Out of towner: Is Long Island the place where lawyers rule supreme?

what fool calls lawyers names to their faces? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355293)

The fool that belives he lives in a free country.


Maybe RMS can update 'The Free Software Definition' to add 'free' as in the United States of America -- The software is free until they decide it's not.

``Free software'' is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of ``free'' as in ``free speech,'' not as in ``free like the USA.''

Okay, so? (3, Insightful)

Sialagogue (246874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355081)


By "they were arrested for telling lawyer jokes" you mean "they were arrested for 'being abusive and disturbing the peace'"

I was going to try to make some articulate argument about the scope of First Amendment rights as it applies to public places and the social contract, but I'll just sum it up like this:

Two retards act like dicks and get busted for it, and all of a sudden I have to read about it on Slashdot?

Tell your most offensive lawyer joke (5, Funny)

Rai (524476) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355083)

I saw this story on Fark and for spite, everyone told their most offensive lawyer joke.

The easily offended should stop reading now.

A priest and a lawyer are walking down the street together when a young boy crosses their path. The priest says "hey, you wanna screw that boy?" To which the lawyer replies, "Out of what?"

Start 'em up! (3, Funny)

runlvl0 (198575) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355095)

What do you call a thousand lawyers on the ocean floor?

A good start.

From the Fine Article (0, Redundant)

runlvl0 (198575) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355134)

Q: What do you say to a lawyer with an IQ of 50?
A: Good morning, Your Honor.

Q: How do you tell if a lawyer is lying?
A: His lips are moving.

Q: Why do they bury lawyers 100 feet into the ground?
A: Because down deep, they're good people.

Q: What's the difference between a vulture and a lawyer?
A: Wing tips.

Re:Start 'em up! (1)

BCW2 (168187) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355227)

Remember, in the soon to opened hunting season on lawyers, the people at Game and Fish have come up with the following rules:
1. No standing on a corner yelling "free Scotch".
2. No hunting within 200 feet of an ambulance.
3. No hunting within 500 feet of an accident, (baited field).

Why don't sharks bite lawyers?

A. Proffesional courtesy.

The only thing (1)

RobL3 (126711) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355100)

worse than this story n /. would be a dupe of this story on /.

How do you tell... (2, Funny)

Michael Hunt (585391) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355111)

when your first amendment rights are being violated? ...Your lips are moving!

Thankyou, I'll be here all week.

Re:How do you tell... (1)

taniwha (70410) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355197)

or maybe "not moving"?

Do Nuclear Holocaust Jokes Instead (1)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355121)

If they make one genre of joke illegal then make up a new genre. A good new genre would be Nuclear Holocaust Jokes:

Q: How does a full-partner shield his 25th story corner office from a Nuclear Holocaust?

A: Boilerplate

lawyers get a bad rap with all these jokes (5, Funny)

Theolojin (102108) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355124)

After all, just 90% of lawyers make the other 10% look bad...

Two lawyer walk into a bar, one says to the other. (0)

zenst (558964) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355128)

Comments removed due to legal reason: we above you, la la la. :\

Yet Another Lawyer Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355142)

What do you call a Lawyer with skid marks in front of his body in the road?

Lucky a half assed job was done.

This is exactly why.... (5, Funny)

geekfat (848401) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355153)

...I stick to dead baby jokes. Since they can't talk, they can't tattle on me.

Discretion / judgement / intelligence (5, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355160)

In general, acting like an asshole in the presence of law enforcement is a bad idea. You may not get convicted, but chances are really good you will get arrested.

"They hate us for our freedom!" (1)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355161)

Our freedom to tell lawyer jokes....oh, wait....

You can take away my right to heckle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355172)

...when you pry it from my cold, dead Don Rickles.

I did RTFA (3, Informative)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355205)

Good thing they weren't making fun of Police Officers in front of a Police Station or while in one. ;)

Anyway for those who didn't RTFA:

>>>
The men are founders of Americans for Legal Reform, a group of outspoken advocates who use confrontational tactics to push for greater access to courts for the public and to monitor how well courts serve the public. One tactic is driving a truck around the Huntington area emblazoned with the slogan "Stop The Lawyer Disease." They said their rights to free speech were violated Monday.
>>
But Dan Bagnuola, a spokesman for the Nassau courts, said the men were causing a stir and that their exercise of their First Amendment rights to free speech was impeding the rights of others at the court.
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"They were being abusive and they were causing a disturbance," Bagnuola said. "They were making general comments to the people on line, referring to them as 'peasants,' and they were causing a disturbance. And they were asked on several occasions to act in an orderly manner, not to interfere with the operation of the court."
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Bagnuola said he did not have the name of the lawyer who complained to officers.
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Kash said he and Lanzisera were merely saying out loud that the public was being treated like peons or peasants while attorneys, who wave their security passes to court officers and don't have to stand on line, are treated like kings.
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"I'm not surprised this happened because anybody who stands up for their rights is put down because these people want only one thing, and that is control," Kash said.
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The men were given desk appearance tickets and are due back in court - as defendants - next month.

Judges are lawyers too, this could get interesting. I wonder if they will show the court case on pay-per-view? I got the popcorn all ready just in case it airs. ;)

Hey? Where did my comments go? (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355236)

It looks like Slashdot ate them! :(

Anyway here they are:

Apparently those rights are such that they can offend other people's rights?

Well, okay then, nothing wrong with them exercising their own rights, as long as it does not impede the rights of others in the process, right?

So much for respect of others, obeying the rules of conduct, and following the rules of order.

I'll bet that lawyer plays Golf with the judge who will hear the case. :)

Police officers also wave their badges at security checkpoints, because they have a job to do and cannot be delayed. The same, for lawyers.

So basically these two men try to take control of a court from lawyers, judges, ballifs, and other staff?

Judges are lawyers too, this could get interesting. I wonder if they will show the court case on pay-per-view? I got the popcorn all ready just in case it airs. ;)

what's with slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355213)

posting old news.
are we sure samzenpus is not CowboyNeal?

Lawyer Joke... (5, Funny)

sid crimson (46823) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355224)


Q. How many lawyer jokes are there?

A. Two - the rest are all true stories.

-sid

Relevance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355234)

Was it captured on a web-enabled surveliance camera? Were GPS or RFID devices involved somehow? How is this news for nerds?

No, fuck you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355240)

Ah, freedom of speech in this country:

Pay now, go to jail later.

You can say anything you like, as long as it is as mundane and meaningless as we want your life to be.

And the consummate "But that's like yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theatre". And when politicians yell "Terrorist!" it's just good public policy.

Of course it is. Freedoms are dangerous that way. Just be careful who you believe.

Meme Tech.

Since 1798

Leading the way in better living through perception management.

OLD NEWS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355241)

This is old news. Hit the locals yesterday.

Yes, I live in the county adjacent to where these guys told the joke.

Yes, my Tinfoil Hat is on.

Yeah, it can block Gamma Rays.

Yes, it's 10 layers.

What do you call 1000 lawyers on the ocean floor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355244)

A: Bad for the ocean. You should bury lawyers on land in a pit with lime.

This is pathetic... (2, Insightful)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355268)

Why could the lawyer simply ignore the men? Yes, I RTFA, and this was set-up to get attention by the two guys telling the jokes, but this is a pretty extreme way to go about stopping them. Besides, anyone but the most naive knows that lawyers will do anything to win, and in return, make tons of cash. I don't care about the money they make, but the methods which they employ scares me.

Lawyers and other politicians are to serve public (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355285)

But they seem to be the only ones that get afforded legislated mandatory respect and the gendarmes to enforce it.

slashdot fortune just happens to be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355289)

No group of professionals meets except to conspire against the public at large. -- Mark Twain ...

btw,... who do these folks use for a lawyer?

Why does word Lawyer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11355297)

sound an awful like the word Liar?

Your Rights Online? (1)

tksh (816129) | more than 9 years ago | (#11355302)

While not that interesting in the first place, it doesn't have anything to do with my rights online. We're getting more and more irrelevant stories in YRO now, I think it's time to either post these under Politics or create a new category for them.
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