Monday, July 24, 2006

my personality just makes people think I'm nuts

The scene: magistrate judge is about impose sentence on a defendant in traffic court who's been acting erratically at best, trying to sabotage her own plea agreement, and has just told the judge that the real problem is that he doesn't "understand her affect."

Judge: How long will it take you to pay the fine?
Defendant is silent.
Judge: Okay, fine, you have 60 days.
Attorney: Judge, if I may, my client is on Social Security disability and is on a fixed income.
Judge: What's the nature of the disability?
Attorney: Physical, your honor, she's had lower back sur...
Defendant (interrupting): It's a mental disability!
Judge: I can *see* that it's mental.

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