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Looking Toward The Courtroom Door

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by okie, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. okie

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    A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence
    indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. In the defense's
    closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would
    probably be convicted, resorted to a trick.

    "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you
    all," the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. "Within one
    minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this
    courtroom." He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors,
    somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. A minute passed.
    Nothing happened.

    Finally the lawyer said, "Actually, I made up the previous
    statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore
    put to you that you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to
    whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of
    not guilty."

    The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes
    later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty.

    "But how?" inquired the lawyer. "You must have had some doubt; I
    saw all of you stare at the door."

    The jury foreman replied: "Oh, we did look, but your client
    didn't."