Law: Intricacies & Variations

¶ In the State of Sirmur, India, a barber shaving a customer told such a funny story that the customer jounced with mirth, pushed his cheek into the barber's razor, suffered a disfiguring wound, sued the barber for 200 rupees. Ruled the court: no recovery; the barber was following the traditional practice of his profession; the story was to mitigate the ordeal of the shave; the customer should have restrained his mirth.

¶ In Graz, Styria, Austria, one Johann Fuchs, accused of killing a woman of whose child he was the father, came to trial at 9 a. m. in one of...

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