Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the
accident were serious enough to take the trucking company (responsible for the
accident) to court.
In court, the trucking company's fancy lawyer
was questioning farmer Joe. "Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident,
'I'm fine'?" said the lawyer.
Farmer Joe responded, "Well, I'll tell
you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into
"I didn't ask for any details," the
lawyer interrupted, "just answer the question. Did you not say, at the
scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'"
Farmer Joe said, "Well, I had just got
Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road..."
The lawyer interrupted again and said,
"Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the
accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just
fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I
believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."
By this time the Judge was fairly interested
in Farmer Joe's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he
has to say about his favorite mule Bessie."
Joe thanked the Judge and proceeded,
"Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into
the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and
trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown
into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and
didn't want to move. However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I
knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a
Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning
so he went over to her. After he looked at her he took out his gun and shot her
between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his
hand and looked at me. He said, "Your mule was in such bad shape I had to
shoot her - how are you feeling?"
A noted criminal defense lawyer was making
his closing argument for his client accused of murder, although the body of the
victim had never been found. The lawyer dramatically turned to the courtroom's
clock and, pointing to it, announced, "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I
have some astounding news. I have found the supposed victim of this murder to
be alive! In just ten seconds, she will walk through the door of this
A heavy quiet suddenly fell over the
courtroom as everyone waited for the dramatic entry. But nothing happened.
The smirking lawyer continued, "The mere
fact that you were watching the door, expecting the victim to walk into this
courtroom, is clear proof that you have far more than even a reasonable doubt
as to whether a murder was actually committed."
Tickled with the impact of his cleverness,
the cocky lawyer confidently sat down to await acquittal.
The jury was instructed, filed out, and filed
back in just ten minutes with a guilty verdict.
When the judge brought the proceedings to an
end, the dismayed lawyer chased after the jury foreman:
"Guilty? How could you convict? You were
all watching the door!"
"Well," the foreman explained,
"Most of us were watching the door. But one of us was watching the
defendant, and he wasn't watching the door."
A defense attorney was cross-examining a
police officer during a felony trial - it went like this:
Q. Officer, did you see my client fleeing the
A. No sir, but I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the
offender running several blocks away.
Q. Officer, who provided this description?
A. The officer who responded to the scene.
Q. A fellow officer provided the description
of this so- called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?
A. Yes sir, with my life.
Q. With your life? Let me ask you this then
officer - do you have a locker room in the police station - a room where you
change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?
A. Yes sir, we do.
Q. And do you have a locker in that room?
A. Yes sir, I do.
Q. And do you have a lock on your locker?
A. Yes sir.
Q. Now why is it, officer, if you trust your
fellow officers with your life, that you find it necessary to lock your locker
in a room you share with those same officers?
A. You see sir, we share the building with a
court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.
With that, the courtroom erupted in laughter,
and a prompt recess was called.
A man went to his lawyer and said, "I
would like to make a will but I don't know exactly how to go about it."
The lawyer said, "No problem, leave it
all to me."
The man looked somewhat upset and said,
"Well, I knew you were going to take the biggest slice, but I would like
to leave a little to my children too!"
A dog ran into a butcher shop and grabbed a
roast off the counter. Fortunately, the butcher recognized the dog as belonging
to a neighbor of his. The neighbor happened to be a lawyer.
Incensed at the theft, the butcher called up his
neighbor and said, "Hey, if your dog stole a roast from my butcher shop,
would you be liable for the cost of the meat?"
The lawyer replied, "Of course, how much
was the roast?"
"$7.98." said the butcher.
A few days later the butcher received a check
in the mail for $7.98. Attached to it was an invoice that read: Legal
Consultation Service: $150
Noticing they were having engine trouble, the
pilot instructed the crew to have the passengers take their seats and prepare
for an emergency landing. A few moments later, the pilot asked the attendants
if everyone was buckled in and ready.
"We're all set back here, Captain,"
an attendant replied. "Except for one lawyer who is still going around
passing out his business cards."
A lawyer opened his own office right after
successfully passing the bar exam. Sitting idly at his desk, his secretary
announced that a Mr. Baker was there to see him. He told his secretary to show
him right in.
Thinking that it was a new client he wanted to
make a good impression. As Mr. Baker was entering his office, the lawyer picked
up the phone and yelled into it…"Absolutely not! You tell them I will not
settle this case for less than five hundred thousand dollars. Don't bother me
again until that amount has been agreed to!"
Slamming the phone down, he greeted Mr. Baker
saying, "How do you do Mr. Baker. What can I do to help you?"
Mr. Baker replied, "Hi, I'm from the
phone company. I'm here to connect your phone."
A man who was chosen for jury duty wanted
very much to be dismissed from serving. He tried just about every excuse he
could come up with, but nothing worked.
On the day of the trial, he decided to give
it one more try. Just as the trial was about to begin, he asked if he could approach
"Your Honor," he said, "I feel
I must be excused from this trial since I am prejudiced against the defendant.
I took one look at the man in the blue suit with those sneaky, beady eyes and
that dishonest face and I said, 'He's a crook! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!'
Therefore, your Honor, I could not possibly remain on this jury."
Glaring at him, the Judge replied, "Get
yourself back in the jury box. That man is his lawyer!"