LEGALITIES

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A LAWYER runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a cop. Be­ing a big-shot lawyer, he thinks he’s smarter than a lowly po­lice­man and reck­ons he can talk him­self out of get­ting a ticket. The po­lice of­fi­cer asks for the lawyer’s li­cence. “What for?” the lawyer de­mands. “You didn’t come to a com­plete stop at the stop sign,” the of­fi­cer replies.

The lawyer says: “I slowed down and no one was com­ing.”

“You still didn’t come to a com­plete stop. Li­cence please,” the cop says im­pa­tiently.

The lawyer says: “If you can show me the le­gal dif­fer­ence be­tween ‘slow down’ and ‘stop’, I’ll give you my li­cence and you can give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.”

“That sounds fair,” the po­lice­man replies. “Please exit your ve­hi­cle.”

The lawyer steps out and the cop takes out his night­stick and starts beat­ing the hell out of the lawyer with it. “So,” the cop yells, “do you want me to stop or just slow down?”

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