Chrysler: What is the name of this court?
Counsel: This is No 5 Court.
Chrysler: No, that is the number of this court. What is the
name of this court?
Speaking of names …
This has to be one of the oddest court cases I've come across. Not only did
the defendant (Mr. Chrysler) steal over 40,000 hotel coat hangers, his
testimony is straight from Monty Python:
Judge: Shut up, witness.
Chrysler: Willingly, m'lud. It is a pleasure to be told to
shut up by you. For you, I would …
Judge: Shut up, witness. Carry on, Mr Lovelace.
Counsel: Now, Mr Chrysler—for let us assume that that is
your name—you are accused of purloining in excess of 40,000 hotel
Chrysler: I am.
Counsel: Can you explain how this came about?
Chrysler: Yes. I had 40,000 coats which I needed to hang up.
Counsel: Is that true?
Counsel: Then why did you say it?
Chrysler: To attempt to throw you off balance.
The transcript of the trial (it's not very long) is very funny, in that
British Monty Pythonesque way …
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