In a Criminal
here is a Jury
to be proud of:
A defendant was
on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt,
but there was no corpse.
In the defense's
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
He looked towards
the courtroom door.
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 it to you that you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed,
and I insist that you return a verdict of
The jury retired to deliberate.
A few minutes later,
the jury returned
a verdict of Guilty.
inquired the lawyer. "You must have had some doubt;
I saw all of you
stare at the door."
The jury foreman replied:
we did look,
but your client didn't."o