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"All we can do is come out there with our trailer and basically put the cow in cow jail. But the cows are never there when we get there."

HOMER BROWN, an agricultural investigator with the Hillsborough County, Florida, sheriff's department, explaining the difficulty in rounding up cows that wander into a gated subdivision. Residents say the cows are eating their plants, leaving cow patties, and raising a racket. The homeowners' association has filed a lawsuit against the farmer, seeking an injunction against the meandering mooers.

"I did so many trials in those small courtrooms--no air conditioning, hard wooden chairs, local relationships."

Atlanta lawyer DANIEL KNIFFEN, talking about the experiences he drew on to prepare for his role as Atticus Finch in a community theater production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Kniffen said he got involved in the Lawrenceville, Georgia, theater group in order to share a hobby with his 16-year-old son. His daughter and wife also won parts in the play.

"He behaved perfectly. They led him in, and the jury observed him for a minute or two, and then he went peaceably away."

Dallas County, Texas, Justice of the Peace STEVEN SEIDER, on the courtroom decorum of Buddy, a pet donkey belonging to lawyer C. Gregory Shamoun. Shamoun brought Buddy to court as evidence in a dispute with his neighbor, John Cantrell, who had complained that Buddy was a "nuisance." Seider ruled that the jury could view Buddy--and his behavior--for themselves. The neighbors settled their dispute before the trial ended.

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