The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Courtroom Blunders Of All Time

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The courtroom isn’t always the most quiet and civilized place.And lawyers aren’t always the most popular of people. Ever wondered what crazy things could happen to them in a courtroom?

And we don’t mean stuttering or losing a case.

Here are the top 10 moments – including bullet-dodging, a one-punch knockout, and a Tigger costume.

 

 

 

Cursing in a courtroom could get you in trouble.

Attorney Therese Cesar Garza broke out the 'Oh sh*t' in front of a judge, according to this ethics complaint from the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois, which Above the Law posted. (Scroll down to Count VI for the full exchange.)

Judge: 'What did you say Ms. Cesar?'

Lawyer: ''Oh shoot!' I said 'oh shoot.''

Judge: 'I don't think that's what you said.'

Lawyer: 'Whatever. I know the word you think I said. My mother never let me say that, and I'll tell you why. But I said shoot, darn it.'

As if that wasn't enough, she then began yelling at the judge, according to the complaint.

This Las Vegas lawyer reportedly showed up drunk to court.

defence attorney Joseph Caramagno admitted to showing up drunk to defend a client facing a possible life sentence for kidnapping, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported back in November 2006.

He began slurring his words when the judge asked if he was OK.

Caramagno excused himself by telling the judge he was suffering from a concussion after being rear-ended, contending his head had been subjected to 'many severe contacts.'

Here's the excerpt:

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Phil Spector's lawyer interrupted a judge several times during the record producer's high-profile murder trial.

defence lawyer Bruce Cutler got a stern warning from a judge after he began pointing at a witness and yelling during the Phil Spector trial.

But when he resumed his questioning, Cutler lost his temper yet again:

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An eccentric Texas lawyer used an odd gesture after getting frustrated with a judge.

Adam Reposa, a defence attorney from Austin, Texas, made masturbating gestures at the judge, Law Vibe reported.

He was held in contempt of court and was sentenced to 90 days of jail time.

Here's a video of him talking about the sentence:

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One disgruntled client took his disdain for his lawyer a bit too far.

The lawyer reportedly tried to hide behind 'the smallest tree you've ever seen' as a disgruntled client shot at him.

Sometimes you have to get into character to prove your point.

An attorney tried to demonstrate there was no way his client improperly touched a girl's breasts by donning a Tigger costume similar to the one the defendant wore at the time of the alleged crime:

Never turn your back on a client.

Public defender Doug Crickmer was representing his client, Peter Hafer, during a hearing when the lawyer got knocked out cold:

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A lawyer stands up to Hulk Hogan in the safety of a well populated courtroom.

This confident lawyer represented Linda Bollea in her divorce case with Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, according to the Huffington Post.

This isn't necessarily an embarrassing scene, but something gives us the feeling he wouldn't be so confident if he were one-on-one with the pro wrestler.

Who knows what would happen if the cameras and security weren't there:

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A detention officer snatched papers from defence lawyer Joanne Cuccia at a sentencing hearing for her client, the Phoenix New Times reported.

The officer reportedly defended himself by claiming words on the papers were suspicious, but a judge ordered him to apologise at a press conference or else go to jail.

Source: CronkiteNewsWatch/YouTube

Talking back to a judge? Bad idea.

A lawyer presenting his case on The People's Court talked back to the judge and got an earful.

He'll probably never say 'it's your opinion' to a judge again:

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