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Comic #353

1 Judge: Mr Nigerian Legal Expert, do you deny the allegation that your client is responsible for mass e-mail scams?
2 Nigerian Legal Expert: Not only do I deny the allegation, I defy the allegator!
3 Steve: Alligator?! Crikey! Where?!
4 Judge: Mr Prosecutor, are you able to demonstrate the defendant is even capable of using e-mail?

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"I deny the allegation, and I defy the allegator!" is a sentence actually spoken in several real court cases, sometimes recorded as "defy the alligator". Apparently it's one of the lawyer equivalents of corporate buzz-phrases.

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Keen-eyed readers will be able to spot Terry in the public gallery.

2012-12-14 Rerun commentary: The Nigerian Legal Expert is of course wearing a cape.

If you're going to be prosecuted for a serious charge like being responsible for all the scam e-mails in the world, you want to be defended by someone wearing a cape. Trust me.

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