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.
--From newspaper and wire reports
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