A woman went missing and given the history of marital discord, her husband was the obvious suspect.
He was arrested, accused of murdering her and disposing of the body.
Witness after witness came to the stand testifying to all sorts of horrible threats that the accused had made to his wife.
The prosecution lawyer thought he had the case won when the defendant’s lawyer got up to speak.
“Ladies and Gentleman of the jury I have something quite exciting to tell you, if you would all please direct your attention towards the door behind me on my left you will see the supposedly dead women walk in on her own two feet.”
There was a loud murmuring in the courtroom as all eyes turned towards the door.
“Ladies and Gentleman” said the lawyer after a few seconds of anxious waiting, “To be honest with you, Nobody is going to be walking through the door, however from the fact that your eyes all turned towards the door it is quite obvious that you are not sure beyond the shadow of a doubt about my client’s guilt.”
To the lawyer’s great surprise, the jury decided that the man was guilty.
“But how could you say that he is guilty? Didn’t I prove there was reasonable doubt as to whether the woman was dead?” the lawyer asked.
“It is true that we all turned towards the door,” one juror explained, “but there was person who didn’t.”
Who was that?” the indignant lawyer asked.
“Your client,” the juror replied.