Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sleeping Juror

Sleeping JurorDuring a rather boring courtroom trial and on a very hot day one of the jurors was having trouble staying awake and finally succumbed to sleep just as the prosecutor began to question the victim.

"The defendant is accused of making obscene phone calls to you at your home. We would like you to tell the jury what the defendant said to you word for word when he called you that night," asked the prosecutor.

"I’m afraid that I can’t do that," the victim replied. "It was so crude and disgusting. I can’t use language like that."

"Than we would like you to write it down for us on some paper."

The victim wrote out everything that the obscene caller had said word for word, and passed the note to the judge. The judge read the note than passed it to the prosecutor who passed it to the defense attorney and than the jury.

The sleeping juror was the last to receive the note. The attractive young lady seated next to him nudged him awake and quietly handed him the note. After reading it for some time he looked at the woman in surprise, gave her a wink, and placed the note into his pocket.

The judge demanded that he give the note back to the bailiff. "But your honor," the juror protested, "It’s a private matter."