Trial and error

A man was on trial for murder. During closing arguments, his lawyer tried a trick, telling the jury, “Not only is my client innocent, but in a few seconds, the real murderer is going to walk through that door!” The jurors turned to look at the entrance to the courtroom, but nobody came in. After a pause, the lawyer continued, “I apologize for fooling you, but the fact that you all looked at the door shows you have reasonable doubt as to my client’s guilt. Therefore, you must find him not guilty!”
The jury returned a verdict of guilty. The lawyer sputtered to the foreman of the jury, “How could you find the defendant guilty? When I said the real murderer was about to enter the courtroom, you all looked at the door!”
The foreman cooly explained, “Yes, but your client didn’t.”


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