I have a client, who is... um... how should we say... "easily fired-up?" Today, I only had a minute to talk to him before we walked into the courtroom, so I said to him, "Listen. The judge is going to dismiss your case today. That's it, the case is going to be over. I just need you to come in, we'll see the judge, she'll say 'dismissed' and that will be it. All done. So, let's go."
My client really wanted to explain something more to me about the case. He just kept talking. And, I'm sorry, but the case was getting dismissed, so it really just didn't matter to me.
"Ok, ok, I got it. But your case is being dismissed. Let's just go get it done, and then if you have questions, you can ask me afterward."
And with that, I walked in to court, and let the judge know we were ready.
The entire procedure took about 3 seconds. The judge looked at me, looked at my client, looked down at the file, and said, "This case is dismissed with prejudice."
My client FLIPPED OUT.
"Prejudice? She saying I'm a racist? Prejudice? Are you serious? I've never been racist on no one! You can ask anyone who knows me! This judge be crazy!"
And there was nothing, nothing, nothing I could say to get him to stop so that I could explain what "with prejudice" means.
But, I'll admit, it was kind of fun to watch.