Saturday

Happier than a tick on a fat dog, says the judge when a case settles unexpectedly

There's a judge in Kentucky who is known for his humorous approach to a serious job at times, Martin J. Sheehan in the Kenton Circuit, and he showed it in his Order filed in a case that settled last month. And the court Order is making the rounds...

On hearing of the settlement, the Judge filed a court Order approving of the good news that included opining that "such news of an amicable settlement having made this Court happier than a tick on a fat dog because it is otherwise busier than a one legged cat in a sand box" and it goes on and on with laugh-out-loud wit that is guaranteed to make you do just that, laugh out loud.

More of it can be read by clicking here to see "Quote of the Day" from David Lat, including the remark about how the jury would be more confused by the case "than a hungry baby in a topless bar" but it concludes (only slightly more soberly) with an instruction that "The Clerk shall engage the services of a structural engineer to ascertain if the return of this file to the Clerk's office will exceed the maximum structural load of the floors"

There's nothing wrong with a little humor is this very serious business. It's probably why Judge Sheehan is rather well liked by both attorneys and his community.

Ronald L. Burdge
Helping lawyers win cases and find a little humor in life once in awhile.