By Charles M. Sevilla
In America's courtooms, the decision is laughter.
Sit again and luxuriate in a set of verbatim exchanges from the halls of justice, the place defendants and plaintiffs, attorneys and witnesses, juries and judges, collide to supply memorably insane comedy.
A: You mumbled at the first a part of that and that i couldn't comprehend what you have been announcing. may perhaps you repeat the question?
Q: I mumbled, did I? good, we'll simply ask the courtroom reporter to learn again what I acknowledged. She didn't point out any challenge realizing what I stated, so evidently she understood each be aware. We'll simply have her learn my query again and discover if there has been any mumbling occurring. Madam reporter, may you be so kind?
Court Reporter: Mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble.
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Hunt, and Henry Samuel, of Pennsylvania; Edward Harwood, Adam Poe, Levi Cofﬁn, J. M. Waldon, of Ohio, and their successors, are constituted a body corporate, in the city of Washington, in the District of Columbia, by the name of “The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company,” and by that name may sue and be sued in any court of the United States. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the persons named in the ﬁrst section of this act shall be the ﬁrst trustees of the corporation, and all vacancies by death, resignation, or otherwise, in the ofﬁce of trustee, shall be ﬁlled by the board by ballot, without unnecessary delay, and at least ten votes shall be necessary for the election of any trustee.
13TH AMMENDMENT) Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, (two thirds of both Houses concurring,) That the following article be proposed to the legislatures of the several states as an amendment to the constitution of the United States, which, when ratiﬁed by three fourths of said legislatures, shall be valid, to all intents and purposes, as a part of the said constitution, namely:— A Resolution … February 1, 1865 / An Act … March 3, 1865 21 Article XIII.
9. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, or such person as he may empower for that purpose, to employ such part of the land or naval forces of the United States, or of the militia, as shall be necessary to prevent the violation and enforce the due execution of this act. Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That upon all questions of law arising in any cause under the provisions of this act a ﬁnal appeal may be taken to the Supreme Court of the United States.