VIEW THE MOBILE VERSION of www.freejokes.ca Informational Site Network Informational
Privacy
  Home Stories Jokes Joke Topics Jokes Riddles Anecdotes Irish Humour Jests Canadian Humour Puns Animal Anecdotes Free Jokes Humour Scenes


Most Viewed

Grace After Dinner
A Dog's Religion
His Duel With Captain D'esterre
The Upstart
His Birth
A Certificate Of Marriage
Wisdom
A Mistaken Frenchman
A Courtier's Retort
The Serenading Lover


Least Viewed

His Birth
His Reception At The Rotundo By The Volunteers
An Insolent Judge
Curran At A Debating Society
His Person And Mode Of Argument
Sow-west And The Wigs
O'connell And Secretary Goulburn
His Interview With Dr Mann
O'leary Versus Curran
His Defence Of Archibald Hamilton Rowan


Random Irish Humour

On Stephen Duck The Thresher And Favorite Poet
Lord Clare
O'leary And The Irish Parliament
Sir R Peel's Opinion Of O'connell
Kelly The Blacksmith
Grace After Dinner
Howard The Philanthropist And Mr Henry Shears
A Nolle Prosequi
Swift's Behavior At Table
To Quilca




An Insolent Judge

Irish Humour Home






The judges themselves often came in for a share of his animadversions,
when he deemed their judicial or other conduct deserved public censure;
and when he pleaded as an advocate before them, their resentment
betrayed itself. Singular to say, his practice was never injuriously
affected by his boldness outside. Other men have suffered vitally from
the political or personal hostility of judges--Curran was one of them.
But O'Connell beat down the most formidable hatred, and compelled, by
the sheer force of legal and intellectual power, the bitterest and most
obstinate personal rancor to give way. He compelled pompous, despotic,
and hostile judges to yield. He could not be awed. If they were haughty,
he was proud. If they were malevolent, he was cuttingly sarcastic.

It happened that he was by at an argument in one of the courts of
Dublin, in the course of which a young Kerry attorney was called upon by
the opposing counsel, either to admit a statement as evidence, or to
hand in some documents he could legally detain. O'Connell was not
specially engaged. The discussion arose on a new trial motion--the issue
to go down to the Assizes. He did not interfere until the demand was
made on the attorney, but he then stood up and told him to make no
admission.

He was about to resume his seat, when the judge, Baron M'Cleland, said,
with a peculiar emphasis, Mr. O'Connell, have you a brief in this
case?

No, my lord, I have not; but I will have one, when the case goes down
to the Assizes.

When I, rejoined the judge, throwing himself back with an air of lofty
scorn, was at the bar, it was not my habit to anticipate briefs.

When you were at the bar, retorted O'Connell, I never chose you
for a model; and now that you are on the Bench, I shall not submit to
your dictation. Leaving his lordship to digest the retort, he took the
attorney by the arm, and walked him out of Court. In this way he dealt
with hostile judges.





Next: A Witness Cajoled

Previous: Scene At Killiney



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 1897