Irish American judge Martin Sheehan ‘happier than a tick on a fat dog’ over trial resultPatrick Reddy

A Kentucky judge has received unwanted media attention after delivering a myriad of metaphors at the end of a recent trial.

Delivering the order last month, Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan said he was "happier than a tick on a fat dog" that a settlement had been reached in a case over a contract dispute.

In the court’s order cancelling the trial, Sheehan wrote that he was "busier than a one-legged cat in a sand box and, quite frankly, would rather have jumped naked off of a twelve foot step ladder into a five gallon bucket of porcupines than have presided over a two week trial of the herein dispute, a trial which, no doubt, would have made the jury more confused than a hungry baby in a topless bar and made the parties and their attorneys madder than mosquitoes in a mannequin factory."

His tongue-in-cheek remarks were first posted on the Legal Antics blog, but were quickly picked up by legal publications and also the WSJ.

In the week following his ruling his offices was contacted by media outlets in LA, Housten, Chicago and New York, he said.

"It's a sad comment on the legal profession," Sheehan said. "A judge puts a little humor in the judicial opinion, and it goes viral."

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