Diamond Hoax of 1872

Arnold and Slack received about $600,000-small change in comparison to the supposed value of the diamond mine

In 1872 a group of investors, including Charles Tiffany of Tiffany and Co., were swindled by cousins Philip Arnold and John Slack into believing a Californian mine held millions in diamonds.  According to History.com,

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Even Crooks Get Legal Advice

If you’ve practiced law for more than a decade, you know that there are more than enough of our colleagues who behave badly to justify an entire genre of humor.

As an attorney with 25 years of practice behind me, I’ve heard plenty of lawyer jokes, and I’ve made some observations about how other lawyers respond to them. There are those who can laugh at a good one, and there are those who can’t, who instead take offense and proceed to defend the profession. In my experience, a lawyer who cannot laugh at a funny lawyer joke is apt to be a young attorney and/or one puffed up with pride over having earned a license to practice. But, if you’ve practiced law for more than a decade, you know that there are more than enough of our colleagues  who behave badly to justify an entire genre of humor. A recent case from Kentucky makes the point. According to lex18.com: (more…)

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