The Law: Fools in Court

Joseph Gesualdo was angry. A veteran hoodlum facing murder and robbery charges resulting from a holdup in Long Beach, Calif., he had decided to dispense with a lawyer and conduct his own defense. After losing one ruling after another on the admissibility of evidence, Gesualdo gave up in disgust and announced he was resting his case. "What do you want to do with the remainder of your exhibits?" inquired the judge. Gesualdo shot back: "Give them to the Salvation Army!"

In a way, Gesualdo had the U.S. Supreme Court to blame for his difficulties....

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