The Corrupt Trial
At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. “Isn’t it true," he bellowed, “that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?"
The witness stared out the window, as though he hadn’t hear the question.
The prosecutor again blared, “Isn’t it true that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?"
The witness still did not respond. Finally, the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question."
“Oh," the startled witness said, “I thought he was talking to you."
After his motion to surprises evidence was denied by the court the angered attorney spoke up, “Your Honor," he said, “what would you do if I called you a stupid, degenerate, old fool."
The Judge, now also angered, revered, “I would hold you in contempt of court and seek to have you suspended from practicing before this court again!"
“What if I only thought it?" asked the attorney.
“In that case, there is nothing I could do, you have the right to think whatever you want."
“Oh, I see. Then, if it pleases the court, let the record reflect, that I ‘think’ you’re a stupid, degenerate, old fool."
Offend The Honor
A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was saying to his lawyer, "If I lose this case, I'll be ruined."
"It's in the judge's hands now," said the lawyer.
"Would it help if I sent the judge a box of cigars?" asked the defendant.
"Oh no!" said the lawyer. "This judge is a stickler for ethical behavior. A stunt like that would prejudice him against you. He might even find you in contempt of the court. In fact, you shouldn't even smile at the judge."
Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision in favor of the defendant. As the defendant left the courthouse, he said to his lawyer, "Thanks for the tip about the cigars. It worked."
"I'm sure we would have lost the case if you'd sent them," said the lawyer.
"But I did send them," said the defendant.
"What?? You did?"
"Yes, That's how we won the case."
"I don't understand," said the lawyer.
"It's easy. I sent the cheapest cigars that I could find to the judge, but enclosed the plaintiff's business card..."
"Yes, we have, your honor," The foreman responded.
"Would you please pass it to me," The judge declared, as he motioned for the bailiff to retrieve the verdict slip from the foreman and deliver it to him.
After the judge reads the verdict himself, he delivers the verdict slip back to his bailiff to be returned to the foreman and instructs the foreman, "Please read your verdict to the court."
"We find the defendant Not Guilty of all four counts of bank robbery," stated the foreman.
The family and friends of the defendant jump for joy at the verdict and hug each other as they shout expressions of divine gratitude.
The man's attorney turns to his client and asks, "So, what do you think about that?"
The defendant, with a bewildered look on his face, turns to his attorney and asks, "Well, does that mean I can keep the money, or do I have to give it back?"
Do You Know Me?
She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a young boy. You've become a huge disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a hot shot lawyer, when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"
She replied, "Why, of course I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. I used to baby-sit him for his parents. And he, also, is a real disappointment. He's lazy, bigoted, never has a nice word to say about anybody, and he drinks like a fish. He's been divorced five times, and everybody knows that his law practice is one of the shoddiest in the entire state. Yes, I know him."
The judge rapped his gavel, to quiet the tittering among the spectators in the courtroom. Once the room was silent, he called both attorneys to his bench. In a quiet, menacing voice, he warned, "If either of you asks her if she knows me, you'll be jailed for contempt!"
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