Wednesday, April 4, 2007

strange judicial opinions (and more)

J0178595 For those looking for something interesting to liven up the last few weeks of class, visit the "Strange Judicial Opinions" page at (a website collecting all kinds of legal humor, by U. of Memphis Prof. Andrew McClurg).

For example, consider the case of the "Dentist in Denial":

In a 1963 divorce case, the wife accused the husband, a dentist, of adultery with several of his patients. The husband vigorously contested the allegations. Fifteen hundred pages of testimony later, the case made it on appeal to the New Jersey Superior Court, which had to decide whether the evidence proved adultery.

The husband had creative explanations for every bit of damning evidence. For example, when the wife produced a film she found of the husband inserting a speculum into a nude patient in his office, he said he was conducting medical research. Remember, he's a dentist.

On another charge, the wife claimed she came into the husband’s office one day to find him having sex on his dental couch with a nude patient identified in the case as “Mrs. G.” The husband denied having sex with Mrs. G. He said he was merely carrying her to the couch because of her sudden loss of consciousness while he was removing a denture. (No explanation as to why she was nude.) He maintained his denial even in the face of a diary entry he made on the same date with reference to Mrs. G that said "[C]aught!” He explained that this was actually a medical entry meaning that the denture “caught” in Mrs. G’s mouth tissue while he was removing it.

Case citations to this and many other weird opinions are available.


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