A well-known criminal defense lawyer was defending a man who had been accused of murder, even though the body of the victim had never been found. The lawyer dramatically turned to the courtroom’s clock and, pointing to it, announced, “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have some astounding news. The supposed ‘victim’ of this murder is alive, and in just ten seconds, she will walk through the door of this courtroom!”
A heavy silence descended on the courtroom as everyone waited for the dramatic entry. But nothing happened.
The smirking lawyer continued, “The mere fact that you were watching the door, expecting the victim to walk into this courtroom, is clear proof that you have more than a reasonable doubt as to whether a murder was actually committed.”
Tickled with the impact of his cleverness, the cocky lawyer confidently sat down to await acquittal.
The jury filed out, then filed back in just ten minutes later. Their verdict? Guilty!
When the judge brought the proceedings to an end, the dismayed lawyer chased after the jury foreman: “Guilty? How could you convict? You were all watching the door!”
“Well, yes,” the foreman explained, “Most of us were watching the door. But one of us was watching the defendant, and he was watching you.”