Judge for yourself

By admin
16 September 2014

A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money is talking to his lawyer.

“If I lose this case, I’ll be ruined,” he says.

“Well, it’s in the judge’s hands now,” the lawyer says.

“Would it help if I sent the judge a box of cigars?”

“Oh no! This judge is a stickler for ethical behaviour. A stunt like that would prejudice him against you.

He might even hold you in contempt of court. In fact, you shouldn’t even smile at the judge.”

At the end of the case the judge rules in favour of the defendant.

As he leaves the court the defendant says to his lawyer,“Thanks for the tip about the

cigars; it worked!”

“Yes, thank goodness you didn’t send them. I’m sure we would have lost the case if you had.”

“But I did send them.”

“What?” the lawyer says, incredulous.

“You did?”

“Yes. That’s how we won the case.”

“I don’t understand.”

“It’s easy. I sent the cigars to the judge but enclosed the plaintiff’s business card.”

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