The Dead Man Will Walk !

The Murder Trial

A defendant was on trial for murder. There was very strong evidence indicating guilt, but no corpse had been found. In the defense’s closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, decided to try a trick.

“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all,” the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. “Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom!”

He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked, eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened….

Finally, the lawyer said, “Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put it to you that there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty.”

With that, the jury retired to deliberate. But after only a few minutes, they came back and pronounced a verdict of guilty.

“But how?” the lawyer asked. “You must have had some doubt. I saw all of you stare at the door.”

“Oh, yes,” the jury foreman replied. “We all looked – but your client didn’t!”

6 Responses to The Dead Man Will Walk !

  1. najlah November 30, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

    i dint understand

  2. najlah November 30, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

    i dint understand sorry

    • Sana - Editor FFJ December 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM #

      The man’s (one who is under trial) lawyer tried to make it look like there was no murder that took place as the dead body was nowhere to be found. So he told the jury that the dead man would come in a minute. Everybody looked at the door thinking “yes the man would appear as his body was not found” which means there is still doubt in the jury’s mind that there was no murder that took place. But still they convict the man because he was the only one who didn’t look at the door in anticipation because he knows dead people don’t become alive. He is sure that the man is dead.

  3. Mubarek.alamin January 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM #

    we have a 3:15 alert Copy that over.IIIx

  4. adegoke wahab January 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM #


  5. Syed A K December 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM #

    hats up to the alertness of juries