Nelson’s rule on jurisprudence.
In the heat of the trial, the task of each party is not at all to prove the truth.
The second postulate of the thumb.
An easily comprehensible and acceptable lie is more useful than a complex and incomprehensible truth.
The motto of Beaumarchais.
There is no need to understand some things to discuss about them.
The only fact can ruin a good argument.
The Law of Hanlon.
Never ascribe to the evil intent of that which is completely explained by stupidity.
Poster of Spencer.
The jury is a group of twelve individuals who have an average level of ignorance.
The first rule of jurisprudence.
Whatever happens, pretend that it was meant to be.
The law of Heriberg on how to walk against the wind.
Never let go of what you grasped until you get something else into your hands.
The legal consequence.
Never abandon the line of investigation until you have a more fruitful line of investigation.
Mark Twain about the facts.
First, get the facts, and then you can distort them, as you just want.
The first rule of cross-examination.
Never ask a question that you do not know the answer to.
Not every question deserves an answer.
Rule for the courtroom.
People will believe in any nonsense, if you say it in a whisper.
An ingenious statement does not prove anything at all.
Hodgren’s behavior in the courtroom.
When you have difficulties, let the fog get bigger.
The secret of success is in sincerity, but if you manage to cheat, deceive.
Gilbert’s law on cross-examination.
One stupid question can ruin the good hour spent before it for questioning.
The principle of Pearce.
If the law is on your side, press on the law. If there are facts on your side, press on the facts. If there is neither one nor the other on your side, press on the table.
Gross rule for lawyers.
If you have bad facts, be prepared to challenge the law; if you have a bad business from the point of view of the law, be prepared to challenge facts; If in your case there are both bad facts and a bad law, then take a large preliminary fee from the client.
When the time is right for judicial debate, you will surely lose the voice.
A lawyer who starts a sentence with the words “Honestly …” is going to:
a) lie or …
b) blame you for lying.
Always provide your opponent with a choice of two such options, so that one of them is much worse than the one in which you are interested.
The Potter Principle.
The person you are ahead of when taking the best parking spot will be the judge in your first today’s business.
The driver you insulted will be the foreman of the jury.
The judge whose benevolence you are counting on will put himself in jeopardy when considering a case that precedes yours.
The judge in the most important case for you will be a lady with whom you once had a one-day romance, after which you completely forgot it.