Legal Semantics

A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a traffic cop. He thinks that he is smarter than the policeman because he is certain that he has a better legal education.

He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the policeman’s expense.

The traffic cop requests, “License and registration, please.”

Lawyer: “What for?”

Traffic Cop: “You didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.”

Lawyer: “I slowed down, and no one was coming.”

Traffic Cop: “You still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration, please.”

Lawyer: “What’s the difference?”

Traffic Cop: “The difference is, you have to come to a complete stop, that’s the law. License and registration, please!”

Lawyer: “If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration and you give me the ticket, if not you let me go and no ticket.”

Traffic Cop: “O.K. Exit your vehicle, sir.” At this point, the Traffic Cop takes off his gloves and starts slapping the lawyer and asks, “Do you want me to stop or just slow down?”

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One thought on “Legal Semantics

  1. But of course, the lawyer can prove that the assault by the officer wasn’t necessary… he could have just cuffed him.

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