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8 horrible courtroom jokes and their ensuing legal calamity

Lawyers have long served as the butt of many a joke. When attorneys try being the comedian, however, the results are a mixed bag.  Legal writers often focus on successful courtroom jokes: The New York Times’ Adam Liptak has reported on the funniest Supreme Court justices, multiple scholars have analyzed humor in the Supreme Court, and legal reporters gather compilations of quips and one-liners.  Yet, the Supreme Court’s own guidebook for lawyers actually warns against telling jokes: “Attempts at humor usually fall flat.”

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