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1.13.2005

Misleading headlines, part XVIII 

I enjoy a good lawyer joke as much as the next person, so I was initially dismayed to read the headline "pair arrested for telling lawyer jokes" on an AP story. Apparently the guys were making lawyer jokes outside a courthouse.

Of course, eight paragraphs down we read this:


Dan Bagnuola, a spokesman for the Nassau County courts, said the men were "being abusive and they were causing a disturbance."


So it's at least plausible that the guys were doing stuff to get arrested besides telling jokes. It's hard to pass judgment on the case without knowing more specifics, of course. Eugene Volokh, naturally, has a more detailed analysis of the possibilities. But once again, a headline proves to be quite misleading.

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