In 1915 Arthur Harold Engelbach (1862-1943) published a collection of humorous stories about lawyers and judges. Reader: Be prepared--it's page after page of memorable and repeatable legal humor. As for example:
Judge: 'How old are you?' Witness (a lady): 'Thirty.' Judge: 'Thirty! I have heard you give the same age in this court for the last three years.' Witness: 'Yes; I am not one of those persons who say one thing to-day and another
Very effective was Erskine's sharp question put quickly to the witness who, in an action for payment of a tailor's bill, swore that a certain dress coat was badly made--one of the sleeves being longer than the other. 'You will,' said Erskine slowly, having risen to cross-examine, 'swear that one of the sleeves was--longer--than the other?' Witness: 'I do swear it.' Erskine (quickly, and with a flash of indignation): 'Then, sir, I am to understand that you positively deny that one of the sleeves was shorter than the other?' Startled into a self-contradiction by the suddenness and impetuosity of this thrust the witness said: 'I do deny it.' Erskine (raising his voice as the tumultuous laughter died away): 'Thank you, sir; I don't want to trouble you with another question.'