Friday 3 June 2016

Justice System

In a Criminal 
Justice System, 
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 
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 towards 
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 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 
Not Guilty."

The jury retired to deliberate. 
A few minutes later, 
the jury returned 
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:

we did look, 
but your client didn't."o

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