In the defenses closing statement, the lawyer, knowing that the accused would probably be convicted, gave a sly smile to his client then resorted to a trick.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a big 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 on 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 you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed, thus I have no doubt that you must return a verdict of not guilty."
The jury retired to deliberate.
A short while later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty.
"But why?" inquired the lawyer.
"You must have had some doubt; I saw all of you stare at the door."
The jury foreman replied:
"Yes, WE did all look, BUT YOUR CLIENT DIDN'T!!