Legal documents tend to be a bit dry and uninteresting, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. The following is a deed recorded in the County Recorder’s Office in Beardstown, […]
In Utah it is illegal to swear in front of a dead person.
Armchair lawyers often throw around caution about the color of ink that is needed when signing a legal document, and they certainly do not approve of using a pencil. If there was […]
The first case of high treason in modern times came before the Swedish courts in 2001, and four traitors were identified. They were four boys, all aged 16 or 17. Their offense? They […]
Justice in the Old West was quick, decisive, and occasionally poetic. Witness this colorful death sentence issued in United States v Gonzales (1881), U.S. District Court, New Mexico Territory. Jose Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, […]
“The devil made me do it” has been an excuse used by countless people through the ages. Evidently Gerald Mayo felt he needed to do more than just blame the devil; he wanted […]
Speaker Joe Cannon left no doubt about who was in charge of the House of Representatives One of the most powerful political offices in the world is Speaker of the US House […]
The Constitution of the United States, at 4,400 words, is the shortest — not to mention oldest — constitution of any major government in the world. source
When you consider that the Constitution of the United States, at 4,400 words and fitting comfortably on 11 pages, gives the instructions needed to govern a nation of over 300 million people, […]
US President Theodore Roosevelt considered outlawing American football because it was too violent. Roman Emperor Julius Caesar banned a game similar to football because it was too gentle.
Readers of the May 23, 1890 edition of the Chicago Tribune may have expressed amused curiosity at the following item in the Personals section: “Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers, the terror of London cabmen, is dead.” […]
The nation of Mali has two income tax brackets — 3% and 30%. Which one would you fall in? That’s entirely up to you. People registering at the tax office are simply told, […]
Andy Griffith as attorney Ben Matlock (left) and as Sheriff Andy Taylor (right) Andy Griffith (1926-2012) was well known as the actor who played Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, […]
Clement Vallandigham apparently never did anything unless he would be remembered for it. His memorable death while defending a client in a courtroom has already been chronicled on these pages. (You can read […]
President William Howard Taft Much has been made about the fact that William Howard Taft was the largest President to hold office. The 5′ 11″ man topped out at 340 pounds, surpassing […]