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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

And the verdict is...

A criminal trial heard and deliberated on by twelve individuals not smart enough to get out of jury duty, here is one 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 told them as he looked at his watch. "Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom," and he looked toward the courtroom door.

The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly.  A minute passed. Nothing happened.

Finally the lawyer confessed, "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 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, "Yes, we did look; but your client didn't."