A man was on trial for murder. The evidence was very strong indicating guilt, but there was no dead body.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I have a surprise for you all,” the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. “Within two minutes, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom.” He looked toward the courtroom door. The judges, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. Two minutes 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.”
The judge, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, he 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 judge replied: “Oh, we did look, but your client didn`t.”