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’.




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.