Is this quote true???

"The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is 6 months in jail. If it were not for this law the jury would never hear the evidence"

~ Mencken , H.L.

Is the penalty for laughing in a courtroom really 6 months in jail? Just curious!

2 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I don't know; I always laugh at HL Mencken, so it'll take a bit to answer.

    I guess it could be classified as contempt of court. I had a friend who was an investigator who appeared many times before juries. The one thing he tried to impress upon anyone who appeared before a judge was unless the person on trial could also laugh (in other words he or she was not the butt of the joke), then levity was never permitted in a courtroom.

    I don't know about the penalty.

  • Bela
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    Yeah its 100% true

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