A Lawyer's Trick

Joke ID#9911
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Submitted Bysalem33466
Corrected By zakp
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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 all looked, but your client didn't."

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Posted by boodler May 26, 2006

This "trick" was pulled the other way by Raymond Burr as "Perry Mason" in the 60s, and got the guy prosecuted!

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Posted by girliepie Jun 03, 2006

Thats pretty good!

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Posted by hotchick_802 Jul 24, 2006

i dont get it.. can someone pls explain??

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Posted by scouttrooper Jul 31, 2006

The defendant didnt look, so that means he knew the person was dead. You see, the lawyer was trying to convince the judge that the man didnt kill anyone.

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Posted by agoodin Oct 09, 2006

Good One!!!

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