TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN

From Objection!!! by Illona Gaynor.

A contemporary court of law is a literal demonstration of legal-theatre. It is often spatially laid out with strict rules and acute awareness of sightlines, with participation, and an audience situated in it’s viewing gallery, much like the broadcasting constructs of a television show. Rhetoric is a discipline that is widely used in televisual language and originated in the legal context of persuasion – often called theatrum veritatis et iustitae (the theatre of truth and justice) and was ‘the medium through which the drama of law was played out’.

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TWO HUNDRED AND ONE

From Joseph Alfred v. Walt Disney Co.

This matter is before me on the Defendants’ motions to dismiss a complaint sounding in contract, filed by the Plaintiff, Mr. Alfred, pro se. That Complaint is remarkable. It is in my experience a unique example of the pleader’s art. It cites to the epic of Gilgamesh, Woody Guthrie, the Declaration of Independence, Noah and The Great Flood, Game of Thrones, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek, President Obama, and Euclid’s proof of the Infinity of Primes, among other references. It is well-written and compelling. In fact, it can be faulted only for a single—but significant—shortcoming: it fails to state a claim on which relief could be granted. Therefore, I grant the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss.

The Plaintiff, in succinct and pith-perfect fashion, stated the gravamen of his action as follows: “If the Plaintiff needed to sum up this entire case in one sentence, it is this: Two executives of the Disney Company are stalling the next evolution of human transportation on this planet.”

In other words, the Defendants are holding back the flying car.