, Derry, New Hampshire

Crime / Court

March 28, 2012

Court can really be foolish


"Do jumping jacks or whatever else you have to do ..." a Massachusetts Superior Court judge told jurors in order to stay awake during jury instructions.

Unfortunately, it didn't work. After one juror was caught dozing, the judge made the jury stand for the remainder of the jury charge, saying "I haven't found a juror who falls asleep standing up."

A fellow who filed bankruptcy walks into his creditors meeting wearing a Rolex watch. The problem is that the flashy timepiece wasn't listed on his bankruptcy schedules of all personal property owned.

Anyone who knows anything about bankruptcy will tell you that the three rules are "disclose, disclose, disclose." So, the bankruptcy trustee demanded that the debtor turn over the watch.

The debtor's appeals failed. The kicker to the story is that the debtor was an attorney. For people thinking I make this stuff up the citation is In re: Sullivan, 455 B.R. 829 (2011).

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Andrew Myers of Derry has law offices in Derry and North Andover. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. Send questions to

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