Friday, January 14, 2005

So much for all those good lawyer jokes.

Two pensioners were arrested outside a New York court for telling jokes about lawyers.
The men were telling jokes while queuing to get into the First District Court in Hempstead, reports Newsday. "How do you tell when a lawyer is lying?" Harvey Kash, 69, said to Carl Lanzisera, 65. "His lips are moving," they said in unison. But a lawyer standing in front of them in the queue was not amused and had them arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. "They put the handcuffs on us, brought us into a room, frisked us, sat us down and checked our driver's licenses to see if there were any warrants out for our arrest," Mr Lanzisera said. The men are founders of Americans for Legal Reform, a group who use confrontational tactics to push for greater public access to courts. One tactic is driving a truck around the Huntington area emblazoned with the slogan 'Stop The Lawyer Disease'. 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," he said.

1 comment:

Clara said...

That entire story reads like a lawyer joke.