A defendant was on trial for murder.There

A defendant was on trial for murder.There
was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse.
In the defence’sclosing 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 youall,’ the
lawyer said as he looked at his watch. ‘Within one minute, the
person presumeddead 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 alllooked on with anticipation. I therefore put it to
youthat there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone
was killed and insist that you return a verdictof 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 foremanreplied: ‘Oh, we
did look, but your client didn’t!

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