Lawyers get a bad reputation for doing anything to protect their clients, regardless of whether they think they are guilty or not. The lawyer in the following fictitious story is no different.
A noted criminal defense lawyer was making his closing argument for his client accused of murder, although the body of the victim had never been found.
He decided to try something completely out of the ordinary, so 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. I have found the supposed victim of this murder to be alive! In just ten seconds, she will walk through the door of this courtroom."
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A heavy quiet suddenly fell over the courtroom as everyone waited for the "murder" victim's 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 far more than even 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 his client's acquittal.
The jury was instructed by the Judge, filed out, and then filed back in within just ten minutes with a guilty verdict.
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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," the foreman explained,
"Most of us were watching the door. But one of us was watching the defendant, and he wasn't watching the door."
Guess we can safely assume the defendant knew dead people tell no tales. Remember to share this with your lawyer friends and anyone who has ever been called for jury duty.
The defense attorney for the man who allegedly murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle has reportedly asked to be removed from the case.
Christopher Darden announced that he has filed a motion to resign as Eric Holder's counsel. He cited receiving death threats as the cause.
Darden is no stranger to representing large cases that receive a lot of public attention. He was a lawyer on O. J. Simpson's case.
But when death threats were leveled at his wife and children, he chose to remove himself from the case. A new lawyer has not been named.