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Defense Lawyer’s Final Trick Back Fires

A defendant was on trial for murder in Oklahoma. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no body. In the defense’s closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to 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 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 there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty." The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury 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." Answered the jury foreman, "Oh, we did look. But your client never did!”

You can hide it… you can play tricks to try to cover it up… but very often we are our own worst enemy when it comes to covering up the bad things we have done. We… “self incriminate” ourselves. Through our actions… through our inactions… even though we think we have done such a good job “hiding” it… usually the only person we are fooling is ourselves. You can tell… simply by the path we take whether or not we have separated ourselves from the will of God.

From a sermon by Spencer Homan, Convicted - Prison Break 2, 11/19/2009

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