Ardor in the Court!
Sex and the Law
1656: a Boston court sentences a ship’s captain to sit in the stocks for two hours for “lewd and unseemly behavior” on the Sabbath. His offence? Arriving home that Sunday after three years at sea, he had kissed his wife. 1968: J. Edgar Hoover tries to ban the recording “Two Virgins” because the cover depicts John Lennon and Yoko Ono stark naked from both directions. 1994: Lorena Bobbitt castrates her abusive husband and throws the offending organ across a highway — only to see it reattached and star in pornographic movies. 2000: A stripper sues her plastic surgeon because her bottom looks like her top after he stitches breast implants into her buttocks. These are just some of the many cases detailed in Ardor in the Court! Spanning all legal history, from the Bible onward, the book covers a variety of sex-charged legal cases, some involving such famous people as Larry Flynt, Jimi Hendrix, and Charlie Chaplin. Not just for lawyers, Ardor in the Court! will appeal to those curious to learn about historical cases where sex meets the law.
Jeffrey Miller’s work has been described as “Mark Twain meets Rumpole of the Bailey.” In his 19 years as a columnist for The Lawyers Weekly, he has chronicled the tragicomic intersection of law and the human condition. Jeffrey Miller’s other books include the best-selling Street Talk: The Language of Coronation Street and the forthcoming Where There’s Life, There’s Lawsuits (Not Completely Serious Ruminations on Law and Life). A Decima Research Poll declared his column the single most popular feature in The Lawyers Weekly. As well, Miller, a former litigation lawyer and a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, writes fiction, works as a translator and editor, and has appeared as legal correspondent on CBC radio’s Basic Black.