Fool Defense

"At times Sir Henry Curtis-Bennett liked to shock the court, so that when the jury considered their verdict they would still be reeling under the surprise of his pleading. Imagine, for instance, the feeling of a jury, asked to decide whether a defendant was a knave or a fool, when Curtis stood up and said, 'You may think my client a fool. I tell you myself -- he is a fool. But you can't convict on that or the courts would be full!'"
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