It was nearly 4 P. M. And getting a jury would take time, so
the judge called a recess and went out in the hall looking for
anyone available for jury duty. He found a dozen lawyers in
the main lobby and told them that they were a jury.
The lawyers thought this would be a novel experience and so
followed the judge back to the courtroom. The trial was over
in about 10 minutes and it was very clear that the defendant
The jury went into the jury room, the judge started getting
ready to go home, and everyone waited. After nearly
three hours, the judge was totally out of patience and sent
the bailiff into the jury-room to see what was holding up the
When the bailiff returned, the judge said, "Well, have
they got a verdict yet?"
The bailiff shook his head and said, "Verdict? Hell, they're
still doing nominating speeches for the foreman's position!"
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